British NCO served as Lewis gunner with 7th Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on Western Front, 1915 and in Salonika, Greece, 1915-1919
REEL 1: Family background in Wolverton, GB, 1891-1914: memories of outbreak of war, 8/1914; description of recruitment and processing of volunteers in Oxford, 8/1914. Aspects of training with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in GB, 1914-1915: posted to 7th Bn on Salisbury Plain; attitude to army life and discipline; reasons for volunteering; description of training; sporting activities; memories of Frank Debenham; opinion of instructors; uniform; comments on post-war demobilisation and readjustment to civilian life; question of returning to pre-war employment; effects of the war on Wolverton. Aspects of operations as NCO with 7th Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on Western Front, 1915: first impression of trench warfare in Fricourt sector, Somme, France; posted to Salonika and embarkation aboard HMS Terrible, 11/1915.
REEL 2 Continues: description of voyage aboard HMS Terrible to Salonkia via Egypt, 11/1915; training aboard ship. Recollections of operations as private with 7th Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in Salonika, 1915-1919: political and military situation in Salonika; water restrictions on route marches; composition of machine gun team; description of operations on Doiran front, 1917; outpost duty; memories of Bulgarian POWs; occupation of Bulgaria, 1918; living conditions; story of Bulgarian family; opinion of war and situation in Balkans; political beliefs; effects of war on civilians; demobilisation and return to GB, 1919.
REEL 3 Continues: description of voyage on Black Sea; memories of Russian POWs; problem of food shortages; Christmas celebrations; tobacco smoking; opinion of officers; story of deserter; reaction to execution of deserter; morale and social background of 7th Bn; effects of shell shock on Frank Debenham; question of relevance of shell shock in courts martial; story of witnessing Field Punishment No 1; gas attacks; giving first-aid treatment to wounded; question of 'Blighty' wounds; description of field hospitals and treatment for malaria; opinion of VADs; conditions of service; varying attitudes to war among Bn; lack of recreational facilities.
REEL 4 Continues: story of gap in barbed wire; opinion of war films; post-war Salonika veterans reunions; attitude to comradeship; story of friend's premonition of death. Reflections on period of war service: war souvenirs; question of censorship and communication with home; attitude to war and Salonika campaign.