British rifleman served with British Bn, 15th International Bde in Spain, 1/1938-3/1938; POW in Spain, 4/1938-11/1938
REEL 1 Background in Leith, Edinburgh and Manchester, GB, 1910-1936: family; father's unemployment; reading chemistry at Edinburgh University, 1928-1933; tutoring work for National Council of Labour Councils; recruitment to Communist Party of Great Britain, 1936; loss of employment with Imperial Chemical Industries in Manchester, 1937. Aspects of volunteering for International Bdes and journey to Spain, 12/1937-1/1938: decision to volunteer, 12/1937; journey to Spain, 1/1938. Aspects of period as rifleman with British Bn, 15th International Bde in Spain, 1/1938-3/1938: opinion of training; sight of Moorish troops; separation from unit near Calaceite. Aspects of capture and period as POW in Spain, 4/1938-11/1938: expectation of being shot by captors; sight of Italian and German officers at field post; relations with captors; rations; relations with other POWs.
REEL 2 Continues: conditions during transit to POW camp at Valladolid; rations and conditions; case of sunstroke; requesting sick prisoner's blanket at Valladolid; making chessmen at San Pedro de Cardenas Prison; story of memorial service being held for him at home in Scotland; opinion of death of Jimmy Rutherford; attitude towards period as POW; repatriation, 11/1938.