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Raynor, Frank (Part 1 of 18) An Oral History of British Science

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    Interviewee's home, Abingdon

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    Raynor, Frank, 1922- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 1: [24:30] [Interview one: 14 May 2012] Remarks: introducing self, Frank Alan Raynor, born 20 April 1922; born 329 Wellington Street, Grimsby; Mother Ethel May Raynor, nee Pratt; marriage in 1921 and divorce in 1925; press attention to divorce; father's remarriage in 1927, mother's remarriage in 1936; FR growing up with Grandparents in Grimsby in early years; learning about divorce from father keeping press cuttings of divorce; mother's remarriage to school teacher. [pause 5:45] Remarks on mother: no contact for some years when she was growing up; anecdote about mother unexpectedly collecting him from hospital when he had diphtheria as a child; story about meeting mother as a teenager; anecdote about meeting mother aged 9; keeping in touch with mother until her death in 1976; father's limited knowledge of contact; mother's job in shipping office; mother travelling to Hamilton, Canada during wartime to meet husband Stanley in RAF, until he returned to UK in 1944; resourceful and bright nature; husband Stanley, a teacher and RAF man, whose mother taught one of FR's half brothers; meeting mother when FR was on leave from army, writing to each other. [14:19] Comments on father and paternal family: Ernest William Raynor: born 1899 into a large family; anecdote about tracing family tree to solve a mystery about an aunt; FR grandfather, Robert Epton Raynor a wood machinist at piano makers Rushton and Son before setting up a cycle business; buried at Marshchapel; FR grandfather, born in Stainton le Vale, Lincolnshire c1836; FR grandmother Sarah Ann Raynor. Description of father: could be friendly to people he liked, but unfriendly to those he didn't; competent engineer, who got a post as a Mechanical and Electrical Supervisor building RAF Binbrook pre-war; authoritarian nature; [20:00] pre-war electrical contracting business, after working on docks; anecdote about FR visiting docks with father as child; father teaching himself electrics through 'The Electrical Educator'; father's electrical installation business around Lincolnshire villages and farms; FR working for father as electrician after he left school, and on Saturday mornings; anecdote about FR school happiness that he was learning a trade as an electrician. [24:30 door bell]

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    Interview with technician, Frank Raynor

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    Frank Raynor interviewed by Thomas Lean: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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