Oral History collection: Norman Arnold interviewed by Mr. Terrett about Memories of Swansea during WW2, including the 'Blitz'. (Worked for water department of Swansea Borough Council).

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 73
  • Dates of Creation
      7 Dec. 1979
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:02:34] Second World War: Interviewer gives his context around the '3 Night Blitz', Mr Arnold talks briefly about the bombing raid in 1941. [00:03:27] Second World War: Mr Arnold recalls the '3 Night Blitz' in 1943, the fire in Teilo Crescent in Townhill. [00:04:53] Second World War: Temporary water pipes above ground due to bombing damage and disruption to water supply. [00:06:16] Second World War: Mr Arnold describes volunteering to man the Anti-Aircraft guns on the Golf Course in Ty Coch. [00:07:17] Second World War: A local leaving out a bottle of Rum for the Air Raid Wardens. [00:07:46] Second World War: Organisation of the Anti-Aircraft batteries, rocket launchers (recording unexpectedly cuts off). [00:09:40] Second World War: A humorous story about how frightening launching the rockets were. [00:00:04] Second World War: An unknown voice introduces Mr Arnold, who had worked for the Water Department since 1918 and was required to stay in Swansea during Second World War to protect the water supply. [00:00:18] Second World War: Mr Arnold describes his work in the Water Department before Second World War and preparations for war undertaken. [00:11:53] Second World War: The rocket-launchers were upgraded, an accidental firing of live rockets over Mumbles in front of military top brass. [00:15:32] Second World War: Canvas water-tanks as used by the Fire Service (recording unexpectedly cuts off). [00:16:22] Second World War: Mr Arnold recalls Swansea the morning after the bombing in 1943, including a late exploding bomb blowing up Bates's Ironmongers, killing 1 boy in the process. [00:18:21] Second World War: The death of Councillor W.D.Rees and his wife who refused to leave their flat despite an unexploded bomb lying close by. [00:20:06] Second World War: Mr Arnold recalls 'the smouldering mess' of Swansea after the Blitz. [00:21:29] Second World War: Bombs in Sketty and Ty Coch, including blast damage to houses trapping people inside. [00:23:42] Second World War: Air Raid Shelter types and provision, frequency of the Luftwaffe flying over Swansea. [00:25:03] Second World War: The work of the Chief Turncock who did much to keep Swansea supplied with water. [00:26:32] Community: The uniqueness of Swansea's water supply system at that time. [00:27:31] General: Interviewer closes the interview (recording ends).