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Document Details


Title: Derek Bales
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Somerset Record Office. Somerset Archive and Record Service.
Collection: Exmoor Oral History Archive Collection
Description: In 1952, aged 18, he joined the army for his national service, finding the first weeks an ordeal. Then, in August, the Lynmouth flood disaster happened and they were posted to Brushford, near Dulverton, to help with the emergency. Camping by the Carnarvon Arms Hotel they undertook an assortment of tasks, clearing rivers, shifting stones and helping with the harvest. With his rural background he was better equipped to be useful than many of his colleagues and in those two weeks he went from being a raw recruit to someone with confidence in what he was doing.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Bales, Derek, 1933-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1933
Speaker place of birth: Norwich, England; England; United Kingdom; Europe
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Locations discussed: England; Europe; Somerset, England; United Kingdom
Topics discussed - ASP terms: England; Europe; Exmoor (England)--Biography; Exmoor (England)--History; Moors (Wetlands)--England; Oral history; Somerset, England; United Kingdom
ASP release: 2006-01
Document code: OHI0033861-37153