Joseph H. Armitage in Hunslet, Leeds - 1918

from The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life, page 75:

It would be wrong for me to move forward too quickly to leave 1918 behind, without mentioning a feature of life that was a part of it. This was the number of “Characters”.



One such character was our own local milkman. He was a very religious man and he got the sobriquet of “Little Jesus” because as he trudged patiently along with his two big cans, he sang hymns quietly to himself. Both he and his wife were both quiet and friendly and most folk liked them. 

cite as

Joseph H. Armitage, The Twenty-three years, or the late way of life. In Brunel University Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 2:15, p. 75. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Hunslet, Leeds


Joseph H. Armitage
unskilled itinerant labourer

Listening to

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unspecified hymn singing performed by Milkman

Experience Information

Date/Time 1918
Medium live

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:48:02 +0100
Approved on Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:26:52 +0100