Aged 89 | Born 1927
About the Speaker
"I am an orphan boy from the Sidcup Homes. I never quite knew my family. But I was adopted by some very kind people. And they gave me the right road to get onto because they asked me to join the army. It was a very difficult time during the war. I tried to join the royal artillery, but I was not educated at all in any way, shape or form, because I’d lost a lot of schooling, because the legs simply went through rheumatic fever. I went to school in the army. That’s my prime education. I joined the Blues and Royals, a fantastic regiment, as a musician and became the band Corporal Major, the highest rank I could possibly reach."
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
About ‘Received Pronunciation’
RP stands for ‘Received Pronunciation’. It is an accent of English that is non-regional and is associated with the middle and upper classes. This particular speaker has a slightly lower-middle class form of the accent with the occasional hint of a London vowel.
The Sidcup Homes were children’s homes built in the early 1900s in SIDCUP, which is in the far SE of London on the border with Kent. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, developers moved in to buy up large areas of land that had formerly been part of the great estates of the area. These were subdivided into plots to provide affordable, good-quality housing to cater for middle-class commuters wanting to move out of London for a better quality of life.
During WW2 Sidcup was right on the route of the German bombers and rockets as they flew towards and away from central London and as a result the area suffered extensive damage.