British seaman served aboard HMS Norfolk during Invergordon mutiny, 1931
REEL 1 Background to publication of Wincott's book 'Invergordon Mutineer'. Recollections of boys' training establishment: reasons Wincott tolerated it; punishments in use, story of sailor's later revenge against instructor; slowness of lower deck promotion; opinion of 'ranker' and 'pukka' officers; examples of Rodger's kindness; recollections of 'Fleet' magazine. Absence of Communist Party influences in Royal Navy: their over-theoretical approach illustrated by examples from German political situation; recollections of 'Red Signal' magazine; recollections of Brown and Rust. Recollections of period as able seaman aboard HMS Norfolk during Invergordon mutiny, 1931: account of producing manifesto during Invergordon mutiny, 15/9/1931; denial of Copeman's account of committee responsibility; role of Hill and Rodger; Wincott's writing of manifesto; Hill's production of news bulletins for HMS Norfolk canteen committee; distribution of manifesto.
REEL 2 Continues: events prior to mutiny; meetings at Invergordon canteen, 13/9/1931-14/9/1931; opinion provocateur threw glass at Elkins; question of Copeman's role; loose nature of planning; involvement in recruitment of Copeman to Communist Party; memories of Lovell; background to dismissal from Royal Navy; situation following dismissal; offer of help from Devonport prostitute illustrating nature of their relationship with Royal Navy; removal of ringleaders from HMS Norfolk; victimisation in Devonport barracks; successful complaint; origin of 'civilians' present during meeting at Invergordon canteen; story of signing copies of Edwards' book 'Mutiny at Invergordon'; naval involvement in strike breaking; political background prior to mutiny.
REEL 3 Continues: ignorance of difference between 1919 and 1925 pay rates prior to mutiny; lower deck attitude to pay cuts; question of use of Hill's radio.