British private served with 1/1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on Western Front, 1915-1916; served in Royal Engineers stores in GB, 1917-1918
REEL 1: Family background in Wolverton, GB, 1893-1914: memory of army manoeuvres near Wolverton, 1913; description of employment in railway works office. Aspects of training with 1/1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in GB: 1914-1915: descripton of basic training at Aylebury and Chelmsford; posted to France, 1915. Aspects of operations as private with 1/1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on Western Front, 1915-1916: description of position in reserve in Somme area, France; story of friend's death on Somme, 1/Jul/1916; first impressions of trenches; story of being posted to Royal Engineers stores, Purfleet, 1917, after being wounded; story of voyage from Rosslare to Fishguard; nature of duties in stores;
REEL 2 Continues: story of being wounded on Somme during daylight raid, 1916; morale and social stability; story of temporary cenotaph at railway works in Wolverton, 1918-1919; pre-war sporting activities in Wolverton; memories of Armistice celebrations, 11/1918; further comments on pre-war employment with railways; reasons for volunteering, 1914; attitude to patriotism; question of re-employment of ex-soldiers in railway works.
REEL 3 Continues: post-war conditions; demobilisation; question of justification for war; communications with home and request for clothes; story of accidental explosion at mobile kitchen; memory of French soldiers exchanging wine for tea; absence of Christmas celebrations; sporting activities; description of going over the top; memories of stretcher bearer Odell; strory of having photograph taken while in France.
REEL 4 Continues: Various aspects of pre- and post-war life in Wolverton: development of Wolverton Park and sporting facilities by railway company; story of Whitsun event in 1920s; municipal sporting facilities.
REEL 5 Continues: memories of Wolverton Football Club; role of railway company in funding Arts and Science Institute; production of railway coaches; apprenticeship system; recreational and sporting activities.