British NCO served with A Coy 1/6th South Staffordshire Regt on Western Front, 1915
REEL 1: Reads own poem about attack on Hohenzollern Redoubt, 10/1916.
REEL 2 Continues: Recollection of operations as NCO with A Coy 1/6th South Staffordshire Regt on Western Front, 1915: moved to reserve trenches in Neuve Chapelle area; billets; memory of Crucifix Corner; maintenance of trenches; distribution of rations; stand to; duties guarding ammunition and stores dump; conditions in trenches; description of trenches and dugouts; story of Pte Pritchard; relieved and returned to reserve trenches; problem of lice; story of sergeant having stripes removed.
REEL 3 Continues: story of soldier with venereal disease; distribution of rations; medical inspection parade; moved into front line; condition of trenches and terrain; sings song; duties in charge of listening post in No Man's Land; distribution of rum ration; recreational activities; death of Pte Billy Hayles and other casualties in listening post; story of periscope; distribution of mail; duties on working party on La Bassee road; story of French woman in cellar.
REEL 4 Continues: problem of cold weather and rain; morale; problem of trench feet; accommodation in dugout; description of repairing parapet under fire; story of death of Pte Dudley; amusing story told in trench; memory of meeting brother Jack and treatment for trench feet; story of gathering firewood, 12/1915; description of treatment for frostbite; rations and cigarettes; weather conditions and terrain; story of coke; problem of rifles seizing up with cold; story of Prussian Guards.