Oral History collection: E. A. Chilcott interviewed by Unknown about Second World War and Three Nights' Blitz of Swansea.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 77
  • Dates of Creation
      c. 1980
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:45] Second World War: Schooling was disrupted during bombing. Teachers were employed at the Guildhall to do clerical work. [00:01:41] Second World War: Sent to Llanarthne in Carmarthen with evacuees. Had teaching and parenting responsibilities 24/7. [00:03:05] Second World War: Member of Auxiliary Fire Service, only had one hand held pump, based in Llansamlet Police station. [00:03:36] Second World War: Old Church School in Llansamlet, Fire crew present 24/7, girls were volunteers and did admin and assistance. [00:04:12] Second World War: Fright of the Three Night Blitz. [00:05:20] Second World War: Board system where Firemen would place their ID tags on the board to show they were out at a fire. [00:06:37] Second World War: Auxiliary Fire service became the National Fire service and people were conscripted in. [00:08:00] Second World War: Conscripted people were mostly middle aged men who had not been called up to fight the war. [00:09:30] Second World War: The bombers were looking for the Oil Works at BP - scattered Incendiary bombs around the bay. [00:10:38] Second World War: A bomb landed in the porch of the fire station so they had to climb over the bombe to get to the equipment inside. [00:12:31] Second World War: People were asked to clear their attics of combustible material in case the roof was bombed. [00:13:43] Second World War: Fire tenders were old Morris cars with the backs cut off. There was a 'Make Do and Mend' ethos. [00:15:01] Second World War: Larger appliances were in Swansea Town. [00:16:24] Second World War: Local women would help to cook for the Firemen in the station and to guide the out of town Firemen to fires. [00:19:10] Second World War: Crews from Neath, Cardiff and Newport came to help during the three night Blitz. [00:22:39] Second World War: Fire Road Patrols - the community spirit of sharing buckets and ladders to fight fires locally. [00:24:44] Second World War: Bombing of the forests in the Neath Valley. [00:25:41] Second World War: Describes were fire stations were based in Swansea. [00:26:45] Second World War: Horror stories that were spread after air raids. Designed to frighten people. Described as evil behaviour. [00:27:25] Second World War: These stories made people more determined to fight for the cause. [00:28:41] Second World War: Commencement of training for Fire Fighters and First Aiders. [00:29:31] Second World War: Describes her teacher training college as War was declared. Ration box and contents. [00:30:45] Second World War: Instructions to students as to what to do in an air raid - run to hedge and put blanket over head!.