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Holliday, Fred (2 of 14) National Life Story Collection: An Oral History of the Water Industry

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  • Recording date

    2009-08-13, 2009-08-20, 2009-11-16, 2010-02-09, 2011-02-02

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    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Holliday, Fred, 1935-2016 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Gilmour, Alison (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Description of air raid routine at middle school. Comments on use of pilotless planes and rockets in WWII. Mentions second teacher at school was Miss Pope. Comments about being a good student and passing the eleven-plus exam. Attended middle school: Stalbridge Road Boys School and high school: Droms School. Comments on academic focus of high school. Mentions coat of arms designed when FH was knighted. Story about learning to shoot under Tommy Able at middle school. Anecdote about Tommy Able shooting the centre of a farthing coin. [05:36] Description of minimal influence of the war on school education. Comments on hardship in British in 1946-1950 and spirit of self-improvement following the war. Comments on grammar schools. Description of sought after Austin Woodworks apprenticeships and FH’s continued studies. Lists favourite subjects at school. Comments on careers advice from father. Description of interest in Nobel Prize winner Hans Krebs’ work. Krebs was working at Sheffield University. Comments on applying to Sheffield University not knowing that school headmaster had secured FH a place at Cambridge University. Comments on subjects studied at university. [14:59] Comments on being a prefect at school and controlling classes. Description of paid role as lab boy for the biology lab. Comments on polio health scare and subsequent job in hospital, Bromsgrove General, as a ward orderly. Description of passing exams to be a nurse and nurse training. Comments on working on children’s ward and decision not to be a medic. Comments on hospital colleagues and matron, Miss Fields. Description of hospital work routine. [28:17] Description of hospital layout. Description of treating skin diseases with no gloves and treating major infectious diseases as a trained barrier nurse. Comments on hospital instruments at the time and roles of nurses.

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    Life Story Interview with Fred Holliday, former chairman of Northumbrian Water Group

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