Listening Project

Conversation between father, son and aunt, Doug, Chris and Pat, about Doug and Pat’s father and Chris’s grandfather, Reg, who survived the Nagasaki atom bomb and was a prisoner of war in Java.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Radio Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Interviewees

    Wardle, Christopher, 1961- (male, self-employed), Wardle, Doug, 1934- (male, businessman), Healey, Pat, 1947- (female, administrator)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Stoke

  • Recordist

    Wood, Rebecca

  • Abstract

    Doug, Chris and Pat wanted to take part in the Listening Project to discuss Reg Wardle - Doug and Pat’s father, Chris’s grandfather. He survived the Nagasaki atom bomb. Reg was a prisoner of war in Java, survived a train crash, a boat crash and then the atom bomb. He always said smoking saved his life – Reg was getting his cigarettes when the blast hit so the building he was in collapsed over him, protecting him. His family have only recently pieced the story together and wanted to do a recording so that it would always be known. Doug knew parts and so did Pat. They talk about what it was like for them growing up – Doug was born pre-war, Pat was born afterwards. They therefore had a very different relationship with their father. Doug recalls his father telling him about the awful jobs he had to do in the prisoner of war camps and the aftermath of the bomb.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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    Photograph of participants

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