Donovan, Ron (1 of 10) National Life Story Collection: Legal Lives

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    2015-11-26, 2015-12-03, 2016-03-15, 2016-03-22, 2016-03-31

  • Interviewees

    Donovan, Ron 1945- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: [Session one: 20 November 2015] Ron was born in 1945 when his parents were living near Swiss Cottage. Father James, but Ron’s grandparents had died before he was born. Brief descriptions of other family members. [10:29] Mother Bridget was born in Ireland. Catholic. They met working in a hotel in Cavendish Square. Ron was the only child. Nothing much was known about the family. [23:10] Parents married in November 1940. Father in the army, served in RAOC, posted to India with REME and invalided out. [30:45] Much bomb damage round Harben Road where they lived. Description of their basement flat where Ron lived for the first 8 years of his life. He enjoyed playing on bomb sites with the other kids. Attended Barrow Road (Hill) School for a short period, then Holy Trinity, Finchley Road. Teaching good, but school a bit primitive. [47:12] Ron benefitted from having two years in the top class. He did quite a lot of reading due to his father. Swimming at the local baths, and Saturday morning cinema. [56:01] These were the austerity years, everyone in the same boat. Ron remembers being sent to buy bread with a farthing in his pocket; Oakshotts with its bacon slicing machine; hardware shop for paraffin; the Moocow Milk Bar next to Swiss Cottage station.

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    Life story interview with the Ron Donovan (1945-), former partner at Slaughter & May

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