British seaman served with Benbow Bn Royal Naval Division on Western Front, 1914; POW in Netherlands, 1914-1918
REEL 1: Description of mobilisation and enlistment with Royal Naval Div at Chatham, 1914; transferred to camp at Walmer; question of lack of training; inoculated and marched to Dover; issued with uniform and equipment; description of journey aboard SS Mount Temple to Dunkirk. Aspects of operations with Benbow Bn Royal Naval Division on Western Front, 1914: entrained to Antwerp and description of fortifications; memory of London buses; position in trenches and artillery support; problem of communications; camped in wood outside Antwerp; story of attempt to reach Ostend and arrest near Dutch border. Aspects of period as POW in Netherlands, 1914-1918: description of accommodation in army barracks; opinion of treatment by Dutch; story of escape attempt; assessment of operation at Antwerp; attitude of Dutch guards; problem of boredom; amusing story of sentry; recreational activities; question of work; camp facilities including bank, post office and barbers; camp newspaper; question of leave on parole; composition of camp inmates; amusing story of Dutch officer; question of attempting to escape; food parcels and problem of lack of food; story of submarine crews; memory of wireless receiver.
REEL 2 Continues: reaction to news of Armistice, 11/11/1918; returned to GB and demobilised at Crystal Palace; question of pay. Further comments on period as POW.