Gascoyne, David. (1 of 11). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives
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1991-03-09 and 1991-03-11
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Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001 (speaker, male)
Gooding, Mel, (speaker, male)
Part 1. Born 1916 (died 25 November 2001). Born Harrow under the Hill. Father at Midland Bank. Volunteered, sent to guard guns at Firth of Forth. Memories of Scotland, having first hair cut, seeing German fleet sent towards Scapa Flow to be sunk after armistice. Grandfather, an actor, left wife and children. David Gascoyne's (DG) mother brought up by actress Winifred Emery, who married Cyril Maude of Hayward Theatre. They lived in Bexhill and London with DG's mother, Winifred Isabel Emery. Florence Mole school in Harrow. Pupils Lance Seiveking? and Patricia Preece who became Stanley Spencer's wife. Accident at WS Gilbert's swimming pool. After war, DG father sent to Midland Bank in Bournemouth. Mother involved in amateur dramatics with Mrs Farnell Watson. Family moved to Fordingbridge. Tiny Wright read poetry to DG. Theatre adventures during WW2. Emery family history in theatre. Mention of Ellen Terry, Barrie, Shaw. Father moves to Midland Bank at Salisbury. DG and mother both ill with Flu epidemic after WW1. Became full time chorister at Salisbury until voice broke at 14. Augustus John, one of fathers' clients at bank. Life as a chorister. DG grew to love the music and Walter Alcock the choir master. Boarding school 1924-30. Father upset by client troubles, had a car accident. Bank moved him to head office. London. Flat in Twickenham then Teddington. DG not good at exams. Went to Regent Street Polytechnic, became one of Hogg's Boys (Quentin Hoggs father.) Headmaster said parents wasting money. Left at age sixteen. DG already writing, published collection of poems. Liking for Pre-Raphelites, poetry of Rossetti, paintings of Burne-Jones.
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