Author: South Wales Miners Library, Swansea University

Provider: South Wales Miners' Library

Rights: Copyrighted

Interview of Knipe, William by Egan, David on 2nd February 1973.
The interview forms part of Swansea University�s South Wales Miners� Library collection.

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Egan, David: Did you continue to play football for the police {unclear} ?

Knipe, William: No, no, not after War I. I played in the Army, only one game I played in the army, I had a shrapnel wound in my, what do you call it, I had a bayonet go down through my foot there {unclear}

Egan, David: When did you join the army?

Knipe, William: Oh, volunteered from the Force. Oh 1914 yes, at the end of 1914. We volunteered, it stripped our force, they had to stop us, stop any more applications granted. They had to stop them, you see there was, our force was about half old veterans of the Boer War, and they were all called up as reservists you see. It skint our forces right down, and then they had to stop recruiting then, I was one of the last to get the application granted to join.

Egan, David: What regiment did you go in?

Knipe, William: Oh I joined the {hondda Boys}

Egan, David: Colonel Dai Watts Morgan’s?

Knipe, William: Oh not Colonel D. Watts Morgan no. Halt boys, steady boys, oh he was a scream he was, he was a scream, D. Watts was a scream. Many a chat I’ve had with him, no, no, it got known in the end but, old Dai was a clever old boy, you know. You'd see him now when he was going up to Parliament, he’d come down on Porth Square about an hour before the train would go see, shaking hands with one, shaking hands with another, old muffler round his neck and a cap. He would go down the train then, he’d change in one of the waiting rooms, down in Cardiff then see, put on his best clothes, go up to Parliament. You’ve heard that. Yes, yes, yes, oh, he’s a character man.

Egan, David: So in the First World War you were with a lot of miners?

Knipe, William: Joined the Rhondda Battalion.

Egan, David: And there was a lot of miners in that?

Knipe, William: Yes, all miners practically, all boys from the Rhondda they were.

Egan, David: Were there any miners there you’d faced you at Tonypandy?

Knipe, William: Yes, dozens of them, dozens of them.

Egan, David: Did you used to talk about it?

Knipe, William: Yes, very often we used to have a chat about it, yes, but it was forgotten you know. Oh yes. Damn it all, when I was up in, back in Pontypridd and back in Porth man, when I was in Porth, many of the old miners used to come down from Tonypandy there, and in Pontypridd there. Dozens and dozens who knew me, you know. Oh aye, they'd come up, well even when I was stationed at Cilfynydd man, I went down now, I was President, {they made me} President of the Albion Football Team there see, in Cilfynydd. And Cilfynydd was playing Pontypridd now for the cup you see, and I was down there on duty down there, down on duty, and they hadn’t seen me now for two or three months, this happened after I was transferred from Ynyshir to Cilfynydd. And damn now I come up from the bottom end of the football patch you see, passing the stand and all at once a roar, well you’d fancy the bloody king of England was passing there, shouting my name out. It quite embarrassed the Superintendent and Inspector and a couple of more that was there, it embarrassed me too I can tell you. Oh, it was very funny, oh yes I met dozens, and dozens of them.