Track 9: Now here’s a point – end of Parade
Track 10: Um where are we – summer holiday resort
Track 11: There were no ashbins
Track 12: Now Mr President – prices of goods
Track 13: Income tax all through
Track 14: Ah now the last item – Sunday post
The recordings above are made from a talk given by James Speight to the Rotary Club of Sutton Coldfield in the 1960s. The Rotary Club has since undergone a slight reorganisation and the following clubs now exist:
RC Sutton Coldfield Vesey – https://rotaryvesey.org.uk/
RC Wylde Green – www.wyldegreenrotary.org.uk
Twitter – @wyldegrnrotary
James Speight’s Letters written during World War One
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: 2 December 1916 Letter to his parents. Written from Andover, Hants, having been transferred from Yorkshire Moors. Writes about where he is billeted and eating meals at the Drill Hall. He acknowledges how lucky he is to have an income supplementary to army pay.
Track 3: 11 March 1917 Letter to parents and brother Harry. “A soldier never tires of chocolate”. Writes about how a fellow soldier he is billeted with has been stealing coal which they hide to keep warm. Helps out at the ordnance stores, due to a measles outbreak.