Oral History collection: William Henry Francis (born 1 Jan. 1912) interviewed by Barry Fagg about Early life; work as a police officer pre-war; police and miners' strike in 1930s; bombing of Swansea.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 3
  • Dates of Creation
      9 June 1975
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:01:43] Fire Brigade: Police involvement in the fire service. [00:02:35] Mount Pleasant and Constitution Hill: Transport Service 1910's. [00:04:18] Swansea: General life in Swansea in 1910's and 1920's. [00:08:23] Police Force Early 1900's: Police work in Swansea during the early 1900's, Downsborough Act 1919. [00:12:33] Police Force 1930's: Policing and life in Swansea during the 1930's depression. [00:27:54] The Strand: Description of The Strand.

Track 2. [00:00:28] Police Force 1930's: Lives, stories, and the various jobs of policeman including fire service, ambulance driver, traffic duties and preparing bodies for post mortem. [00:20:15] Police duties during World War 2: Involvement as an Air Instructor and bomb disposal, and the three night Blitz, visit from Churchill.