Oral History collection: David Trevor Charles (born 12 Dec. 1898) interviewed by A. Charles about Boyhood in Sketty; work in Clyne Colliery; WW1 - service in Royal Naval Division; Depression; work at sea; work with South Wales Transport Co. .

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 33
  • Dates of Creation
      22 June 1976
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:00:07] Childhood: Memory of attending school, first Sketty Church school and then Brynmill, starting to play Rugby and working as a delivery boy. [00:02:34] Community: Describing delivering milk and cream from small, family owned herd of cows. [00:03:54] Childhood: Description of wages for working outside of school, plus memory of the time around the coronation of Edward VII. [00:05:00] Childhood: Leaving Brynmill school and going to a new school in Sketty, taking up sports. [00:05:35] Industry: Leaving school at 13 years of age to start work in the Clyne Valley Colliery. General description of an average day and the area from which the miners would come from to work in the pit. [00:06:35] Industry: Description of first day working in the mine, including a fatal accident that happened there that day. [00:06:54] Medicine: Describing dental treatment at the time. [00:07:41] Childhood: Recalling childhood games such as 'Tallyho', and spending days at Sketty beach in the Summer and skating on frozen ponds in the Winter. [00:10:16] Industry: Describing miners from the Rhondda taking a day trip to Mumbles on August Bank Holidays, and how they would tip children money. [00:11:08] Industry: Memory of Clyne Valley Colliery closing in 1914 and then working in Graig Orler(?) fuelworks and having an industrial accident at age 16. [00:11:53] First World War: Trying to enlist in the Army as a 16 year old in 1915, eventually entering the Royal Naval Division. [00:12:40] First World War: Disobedience during military training, and a final family reunion for a photograph with Vanstones photographers. [00:14:27] First World War: Facing military justice for overstaying leave and spending 42 days in Dorchester Gaol, a civilian prison. [00:17:21] First World War: Finishing sentence and being transported back from the prison to an army barracks via Red Cross ambulances. [00:17:54] First World War: Getting kitted out again following prison and being assigned to a ship, HMS Pincher out of Pembroke. [00:19:00] First World War: Setting sail straight into a storm and hitting the Seven Stones reef which sinks the ship (24/07/1918), the men were rescued by HMS Scorpion. [00:19:55] First World War: HMS Scorpion drops the survivors at Devonport barracks where a reunion with a childhood friend happens and an act of Christian charity. [00:22:15] Community: Visiting his Aunt in Beckenham and meeting the girl who was to become his wife. [00:23:16] Community: Being a newly wed and starting a family during the Great Depression. [00:23:43] Industry: Joining the Merchant Navy on the SS Yukon and the hard nature of both the work and the life on the ship. [00:27:34] Industry: Leaving the SS Yukon and getting employment in South Wales Transport, descibing jobs done in South Wales Transport but recording ends suddenly.