Hechle, Ann (1 of 17) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives
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2004-03-10, 2004-03-14, 2005-04-08
Interviewee's home, Somerset
Hechle, Ann, 1939- (speaker, female)
Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)
Part 1: [Tape 1 Side A] [Session one: 10 March 2005] Ann Hechle [AH] born in Calcutta, India 1939. Father James Rea Hechle, mother Alexa Mildred Hechle, neé Macpherson. Description of AH’s paternal great grandfather’s emigration to India and the family’s connection with India ever since. Father a stockbroker in Calcutta. Maternal side of family also connected to India. Mentions AH’s great-great-grandfather, General Duncan Mcpherson. Remarks on the families’ move up the social hierarchy after emigrating to India. Comments on the origins of the name Hechle. Story about AH’s grandfather who sailed around the world, was divorced from his wife and obtained custody of mother. Mentions grandmother’s second husband. Comments on mother’s miserable upbringing. Story about grandfather’s collection of pictures of sailing ship and his selling the collection to Sir James Caird. Remarks on father serving with the Ghurkhas during the War. Description of returning to England by ship and living with grandmother near Norwich. Mentions grandmother’s second husband Lord Ailwyn [LA] of Honingham Hall. Comments on father’s return to England, his job as a stockbroker and their move to Merstham, Surrey. Remarks on mother being an only child, description of her upbringing, remarks on her being disappointed that she wasn’t better educated. Mentions parents’ marriage in India in 1935. Comments on not knowing much about father or his family, mentions father’s death when AH was 23. Description of father’s education at Rugby and employment in India.
Life story interview with Ann Hechle, calligrapher