British private served with 1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on Western Front, 1915; civilian railway clerk in Wolverton, Bucks, 1916-1918
REEL 1: Background in Wolverton, Bucks, 1893-1914: reaction to outbreak of war, 8/1914; attitude of father to enlistment; story of enlisting with friends in 1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in Aylesbury, 6/Aug/1914; story of friend's premonition of death. Aspects of training with 1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in GB, 1914: description of basic training in Chelmsford; story of court martial of stretcher bearer Odell; description of voyage to France, 1914; memory of return to GB on hospital ship, 1915. Aspects of operations with 1st (Buckinghamshire) Bn Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on Western Front: in line in Armentieres sector, France; moved to Ploegsteert Wood sector, Ypres, Belgium; reaction to being under fire and casualties; story of being wounded in Ploegsteert Wood, 1915; medical treatment; discharged from army, 10/1915; reason for attempting to re-enlist; story of applying for civilian post on railways, 1/1916.
REEL 2 Continues: relations between civilians and soldiers; question of not taking prisoners; comparison of standards in Territorial and Regular battalions; reaction of parents to enlistment; effects of war on Wolverton; story of shouting exchanges with German troops; censorship of letters; story of rescue of officer; question of duration of war; opinion of VAD nurses; conditions in trenches; story of wounded soldier; memories of friend Mundy; sporting activities; opinion of officers. Aspects of period of civilian life and employment in Wolverton, Bucks, 1916-1918: memories of Father Joey Guest; story of mother's employment as midwife.