Brenda Medley

Brenda describes how her father was killed by a mine during the Second World War while serving in the Navy. She recalls family life during the War including the evacuation of her and her siblings to Scarborough. Brenda was married at 21 and talks about life on Hessle Road following the War before moving to a brand new Council house on Orchard Park.

Media No: 1032
Interviewee Forename: Brenda
Interviewee Surname: Medley
Year of Birth: unknown
Interviewer: Steve Walsh
Location: Greenwood Avenue Library, Hull
Date of Interview: 15/02/2016
Duration (HH:MM:SS): 00:18:22

Time Code Notes

[00:00:19] Brenda describes how her father was killed by a mine whilst serving in the Navy in 1940.

[00:01:37] She describes life during the Second World War. Her older sister was in the ARP. Brenda recalls living on Somerset Street near the docks. They used an Anderson Shelter although her mother would sometimes put them under the stairs. She was evacuated to a village near Scarborough with her brother and sister.

[00:06:26] Brenda describes life as an evacuee. They were treated well with good food. Lived on a farm and the family was able to visit occasionally.

[00:09:20] Brenda went to Escourt High School. She had to catch two buses to get there.

[00:10:00] She describes marriage at age 21 and roller skating in Hornsea.

[00:10:52] Brenda recalls Hull after the war and staying around the Hessle Road area. She worked as a junior auditor on Baker Street. Her husband was in construction but was often out of work.

[00:13:01] Brenda describes life on Hessle Road. She talks about the trawlermen coming home and the different fashions. She describes buying terry towel nappies cheaply from trawlermen.

[00:14:18] Brenda describes her house in Liverpool Street. It was a two up two down with an outside toilet and cost £600. They moved to a council house on Orchard Park which was modern. Many other families she knew moved at the same time.

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