Oral history of British science
Raynor, Frank (Part 5 of 18) An Oral History of British Science
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Interviewee's home, Abingdon
Raynor, Frank, 1922- (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 5: [35:23] Remarks on: meeting future wife at a friend’s birthday party in a dance at Pamber Heath, when she was engaged; FR short postings in area around Aldermaston; re-meeting wife at Pineapple Pub, whose landlord owned a shooting ground near Padworth now part of AWRE Aldermaston; George Springle suggesting that FR marry wife; things FR liked about his wife, enjoying countryside together, similar music tastes; [06:50] FR later taking up music lessons when his daughter learned piano; early married life, tough in early years, initially living in rooms. [08:10] Discussion about living in Nissan huts neat Newbury; description of Nissan hut, preformed circular metal hut, previously used for military accommodation; cold inside; description of interior, divided into 3 rooms; facilities, stove, cold tap, Primus stove, electric light installations; [13:20] anecdote about American troops connecting electric fires to VIR wires, damaging electric systems; no bathroom, bathing in a zinc bath; move to a more salubrious asbestos Nissan hut, with a bath; eventual move to proper house; cold conditions in Winter; home made furniture; six shillings rent. [17:55] Remarks on: working for EIL until 1951. [18:40] Remarks on military service 1945-48; FR called up under wartime rules; training at Colchester; paper tests and interview, leading FR to posting in Royal Engineers at Portland; engineering training at Portland, building bridges, explosives, mine clearance, description of S-mine, booby traps; [25:15] anecdote about water training at Chesil beach with pontoons; FR reactions to army life, others' difficulty accepting army life; forced marches, with leave passes as a reward; anecdote about going on parade in a miss-sized uniform he had been issued; sergeant major; [32:15] electrical shop fixing officers' wirelesses; FR attending School of Military Engineering at Gillingham to study higher trade training course, but being kept on as an instructor.
Interview with technician, Frank Raynor