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Toomey, Leonard (1 of 9) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Insurance; Non-marine underwriting
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Toomey, Leonard, 1924- (speaker, male)
Phillips, David (speaker, male)
Part 1: A hard childhood in a poor part of South London, with a crotchety grandfather, stone mason father who fought and drank at the weekends, a mother out early and late cleaning, and constant money problems. This period left an indelible mark on Len and is well recalled. (Details): Born 1924, South London; father an Irish stone mason. Mother a cleaner. Street life scenes in a poor, working class area; meals at home and the lack of them; money worries and 'tick'; corner shop humiliations; fist fighting as a way out of the ghetto; father's bare knuckle fighting. Role of the Catholic priests; religion in home life. Local schools; sleeping on desks. Father's malaria, non-existence of medicine. Father's struggles for work including a walk to Wales.
Interview with Leonard Toomey, a leading Lloyd's non-marine underwriter, who spent fifty years, virtually his whole working life, at Lloyd's.