British private served with British Army on Western Front, 1916; served with Machine Gun Corps on Western Front, 1917
REEL 1 Recollections of service as private in Somme area, France, 8/1916: arrival in France and move up to join battalion in support line, 8/1916; situation in jumping off trenches after warning of imminent attack; attack across No Man's Land, 17.00; German POWs on reaching German front line. Reasons for volunteering to join Tank Corps whilst serving with Warwickshire Regt, 1/1917. Background to posting to Machine Gun Corps and Vickers gun training at Belton Park, Grantham, 1917. Recollections of service as Vickers machine gunner with Machine Gun Corps in Cambrai area, 20/11/1917-30/11/1917: prior training in co-operation with tanks; situation awaiting attack, 20/11/1917; successful attack following tanks across No Man's Land and through German barbed wire, 20/11/1917; consolidation of positions in German support line; retreat after German attack supported by ground attack aircraft, 30/11/1917.