British seaman served aboard HMS Norfolk during Invergordon mutiny, 1931
REEL 1 Reads letter from 'Fleet' magazine concerning pay cuts. Aspects of period as seaman with Royal Navy prior to Invergordon Mutiny: Baltic cruise aboard HMS Norfolk, 1931; story of refusing to turn to aboard HMS Ormonde at Singapore, 1927; joining HMS Norfolk, 1930; contrast in differing size ships' discipline; train incident; question of political affiliations; Recollections of period as able seaman aboard HMS Norfolk during Invergordon mutiny, 1931: memories of Wincott; reactions to news of pay cuts; meetings at Invergordon canteen, 13-14/9/1931; decision to mutiny; rumour of midnight sailing, 14/9/1931; outbreak of mutiny, 15/9/1931; question of HMS repulse sailing; officers' reactions.
REEL 2 Continues: preparation of manifesto; communication between ships; reads manifesto; Astley- Rushton's speech; reactions to home ports order (Devonport), 16/9/1931; grievance committee and revised pay cuts whilst at Devonport; treatment of ringleaders including victimisation in naval barracks, discharge and reactions; presence of photographers; position of junior officers; meeting at Invergordon canteen, 13/9/1931; proposal to march to Glasgow; ringleaders' popularity; events prior to canteen meeting and Brown's involvement; Prickett's emotional appeal to lower deck, 16/9/1931; degree of solidarity amongst lower deck; meetings at Invergordon canteen and return of libertymen to ships, 13-14/9/1931.
REEL 3 Continues: contacts with press; Astley- Rushton's speech, 16/9/1931; reactions during return to Devonport; organisation of routine duties; number of activists; production of manifesto; illustrations of lack of longterm planning for mutiny; memories of Wincott and his subsequent career; position of Royal Marines during mutiny; officers' weapons; various aspects of mutiny; post mutiny victimisation including discharge of innocents; abrupt removal of Wincott and reactions; attitude to lower deck in British ports; question of pay cuts; nature of manifesto.