Oral history recording of an interview with Fred Barnes by Judith Etherton, 2005

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1 hour 31 minutes




Fred Barns recollects his childhood in Dagenham throughout the Second World War. Includes particular references to dangerous situations during air-raids, the food rations available to the family in wartime and the local celebrations on V.E. Day. He also mentions his first job at the May & Baker factory.


Fred Barns was born in 1935 and was a pupil of Hunters Hall School at the outbreak of the Second Wolrd War. On leaving school he worked at May & Baker Ltd. He worked in the Borough Youth Service for thirty years and after his retirement was elected as a councillor for Barking and Dagenham in 2002.

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Catalogue entry updated by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist.


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