Track 1. [00:00:05] General: Linda Williams introduces Bernard Evans of Broadmead, Killay, Monday Jan 7th 1980. [00:00:23] Second World War: Mr Evans describes the family home in Baptist Well Street, Waun Wen, during the war. [00:01:17] Second World War: Mr Evans recalls the house receiving a direct hit during the Blitz. [00:02:21] Second World War: An earlier air-raid in 1940, which destroyed the school in Mayhill. [00:03:43] Second World War: The location of Air Raid Sirens nearby. [00:04:41] Second World War: Mr Evans gives a detailed description of the night their house received a direct hit, including their Anderson Air Raid Shelter, and his Brother coming to their aid. [00:10:00] Second World War: Having to rescue their next-door-neighbours, buried under sandbags by the blast. [00:10:50] Second World War: Surveying the damage to the houses, and the survival of a dozen eggs. [00:12:06] Second World War: Other damage in the surrounding streets, and the swiftness that damaged houses would be pulled down to minimise risk. [00:13:08] Second World War: Evacuating' to a near-by relatives houses (recording interrupted at 14m 46s). [00:14:49] Second World War: Staying in Cwmdu and getting re-housed in Mayhill (recording obscured by loud hum). [00:17:56] Second World War: Mr Evans recalls his Mother's background in the Waun Wen area (recording obscured by loud hum). [00:19:18] Second World War: Mr Evans recalls his Father joining the Home Guard and a volunteer fire-fighter (recording obscured by loud hum). [00:20:00] Second World War: Visiting the Anti-Aircraft battery on Ashley Road (recording obscured by loud hum). [00:22:46] Second World War: Seeing the Searchlights (recording obscured by very loud hum). [00:24:00] Second World War: How the family spent evenings and nights in the communal Air-Raid Shelter at St Josephs School after losing the family home (recording obscured by loud hum). [00:29:15] Second World War: Other communal Air Raid Shelters in the area (recording obscured by very loud hum). [00:31:00] Second World War: Mr Evans continues about communal Air Raid shelters, minus the annoying hum. [00:31:57] Education: Mr Evans recalls passing the 11 Plus and going to Dynevor School in 1946, includes seeing bomb damage. [00:36:21] Community: Recalling seeing the bomb damage in the centre of Swansea post-war. [00:39:54] Community: The openess of the bombsites, anyone could go in despite risks. [00:41:09] Second World War: Mr Evans gives more details on his Father's Home Guard unit. [00:42:26] Second World War: Using the pantry as an Air Raid Shelter, because the Anderson Shelter was damp. [00:44:36] Second World War: Memories of the '3 Night Blitz', hearing of the extensive damage to Swansea. [00:47:14] Second World War: Emergency Water tanks in Mayhill. [00:48:31] Second World War: Seeing the Emergency Water Tanks being emptied, finding clips of bullets in there. [00:50:41] Second World War: Trying to recall ammunition dumps in the area. [00:51:17] Second World War: Recalling GIs (American servicemen) staying in the house. [00:52:06] Second World War: His Brother coming home on leave with his Rifle. [00:52:40] Second World War: Other Emergency Water Tanks in the Swansea area. [00:53:44] Second World War: His Father's duties as a Firewatch, stirrup pumps, etc. [00:55:03] Second World War: First Aid Posts (till recording ends 56m 03s).
Oral History collection: Bernard Evans; Hilary Banks interviewed by a) Linda Williams, b) Mrs. Margery Knight. about a) Early memories of Swansea; the 'Blitz', etc.; father's work in the Home Guard. (His house received a direct hit from a bomb).(Poor quality recording further into tape). b) Experiences as a house maid at Maes-yr-Haf, 1944.
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- Dates of Creationa) 7 Jan. 1980b) 14 Feb. 1978
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 audio recording