Sam Kilburn


February 1926, The Green, Yeadon


Grew up in Yeadon, interviewed at his home in Rawdon

Date of Interview

30th August 2019

“I am very happy to give permission to use the interview you recorded with my late father, Sam Kilburn, to add to your Back Chat website.”

Sheila Hardwick

Sam lived his life to the full – you have to listen to this man’s story. He was a schoolboy when the Second World War broke out, an underage member of the Home Guard and an underage member of the Royal Navy. Sam started life as he meant to go on – at full throttle. The love of his life was his wife Margaret who he was devoted to. Sam had some interesting stories to tell about the war years and life after war. He was a mill worker and then an Insurance man. Everyone knew Sam for his singing; his entertaining; his poetry and his wonderful paintings. I would often bump into the 93 year old Sam in Yeadon Morrisons and when asked “How are you Sam?” the reply was always “Well, I am over 90 and doing my own shopping in Morrisons, so not bad!”

Sadly, Sam died on the 8th April 2020 a victim of Covid-19

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
WW2 South View School0.49
WW2 Home Guard03.04
WW2 Royal Navy 10.57 
Post War 18.45
Murgatroyds Mill 21.35
Insurance Salesman 24.25
South View School 29.10
Family Life34.26
Singing – Drawing – Poetry47.49
Old Age. 54.06
Boris Johnson / Jeremy Corbyn57.33


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Carlo Harrison

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Carlo Harrison