British private served with 1/5th Bn London Regt in GB and on Western Front, 1914-1915; served as officer with 208th Coy Machine Gun Corps in GB and on Western Front, 1916-1917; present during Christmas truce, 12/1914
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as private with 1/5th Bn London Regt in Ploegsteert Wood sector, Ypres area, Belgium, 11/1914-1/1915: effects of cold conditions including question winter clothing and frostbite; story of constructing communication trench to flooded Hampshire 'T' Trench in No Man's Land, 24/12/1914; Christmas truce, 25/12/1914-29/12/914, including conversations with German officer on conduct of First Battle of Ypres and orders to cease fraternisation; support role and state of morale during failed attack by East Lancashire Regt, 19/12/1914; casualties; polluted rum ration; selection for firing squad during rest period at Armentieres, France. Recollections of operations as officer with 208th Coy Machine Gun Corps in Somme area, 1917: conditions during journey up Railway Road with machine gun transport, 1/1917; conditions for mules and horses. Reaction to news of overseas posting whilst at Crowborough Heath Camp, 11/1914. Recollections of operations in Ploegsteert Wood sector, 11/1914-4/1915: burst of firing along front line; storm conditions, 11/1914; tours of duty. Recollections of periods in London and at Crowborough Heath Camp, 8/1914-11/1914: mobilisation and sharpened bayonets; send off from civilians on leaving London on march to Crowborough; volunteering for overseas service and reports of operations on Western Front. Recollections of operations in Ploegsteert Wood sector, 11/1914-4/1915: composition of 11th Bde; conditions of service, lifestyle, personal morale; period occupying Hampshire 'T' Trench including absence of reserves and story of friend sniped whilst trying to use trench pump; ration parties; evacuating Hampshire 'T' Trench; freezing conditions. Recollections of advance following German retreat in Somme area, 3/1917. Conditions during march to Crowborough, 8/1914. Recollections of period in Ploegsteert Wood sector, 11/1914-4/1915: example of regulars; muddy conditions; fatigue during march back to billets in Ploegsteert; story of debate with German soldier over origins and conduct of war during widespread fraternisation with German troops in No Man's Land during Christmas truce, 25/12/1914-29/12/1914.