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Schroder, Bruno (3 of 13) National Life Stories: City Lives
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1992 to 1994
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Interviewee's office, London
Schroder, Bruno, 1933-, (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 3 (tape 2 side A): Felt totally British during war. Memories of day war broke out. Details of life in Scotland during childhood. Father's childhood. Father miserable at Eton during WWI because of anti-German feeling (father 100% German by blood, born and brought up in England) - details. Father at local school from home. Father to Oxford after Eton. Father a sensitive person - details. Details of lives of father's siblings. Margo became important to BS after his parents split up in 1948, which was disturbing for BS. BS and sister split the holidays between their parents who were both based in Scotland. Father had thyroid problems and left to recuperate in West Indies and never came back to wife afterwards. BS's mother was from Gloucestershire, father in First Life Guards. BS would spend part of Christmas with maternal grandparents - description. Maternal grandfather had small estate and spent life in Army, leading figure in Gloucestershire. Mother had a younger sister, Nan. Family `not terribly well off'. Nan (later married Gordon Lennox) had two sons in BS's house at Eton, both went into the Guards. BS doesn't know how his parents met. BS to Cott Hill at 9 as a border, disliked it. Had problems with eyesight and eventually was given glasses. One master helped him to understand division of fractions by turning him upside down. No problem making friends. Not particularly keen on games. Cott Hill 1942-5, went to Eton at 13. BS's sister educated at home and then to boarding school in Malvern. Knew what to expect at Eton through father and school close to home, was keen to go. Memories of tutor who taught him how to appreciate wine. Loved Eton and had great fun. Details. Arrived at Eton unconfident, began to realise he wasn't so bad. Father gave him a book about sex, `Being Born', but also tried to put it in an emotional context; BS thinks it was well handled. Homosexuality not a threat at Eton. Didn't fall in love at this stage, would send Valentine cards, were probably terrified of women. Not in love with any film stars. Eton film society, `In Which We Serve' made an impression, Daniel Massey at Cott Hill with BS. Most important quality Eton gave BS was independence. BS loved rowing. Developed interest in military history. Literature and music not particularly important. Credits in Latin, French. Maths OK. No really bad academic results. Made sure had passed enough exams to go to Oxford. Friends among those in his house at Eton - details.
Interview with Bruno Schroder, non-executive director of Schroders.