British private served with Army Service Corps, Royal Engineers and Royal Fusiliers in GB, 1915-1917; served with 7th Bn Royal Fusiliers on Western Front, 1917-1918
REEL 1: Background in Chilcompton, Somerset, 1914-1915: daily life and employment; story of enlistment with Royal Engineers aged 16, 1915. Aspects of training with Royal Engineers, Army Service Corps and Royal Fusiliers in GB, 1915-1917: training; billets; discharged for being underage and returned to civilian employment in GB, 2/1916; called up and re-enlisted with Army Service Corps, 1917; training at Grove Park and in London; driving test; transferred to 104th Training Bn Royal Fusiliers; in camp on Newmarket race course; sailed for Boulogne, 3/1918. Recollections of operations with 7th Bn Royal Fusiliers on Western Front, 1917-1918; description of camp at Etaples, France; moved into Ancre Valley, Somme; journey by train to Ytres and moved into front line; sentry duty; conversion of German trenches; description of trenches and dugouts; story of adjutant being wounded; description of German offensive, 21/Mar/1918; memory of dense fog; description of German troops overrunning trenches and taking prisoners; ration party; story of raisins.
REEL 2 Continues; question of drunkeness among troops; accommodation; story of taking shell shocked soldier to Casualty Clearing Station; problem of losing contact with 7th Bn Royal Fusiliers and joining unit of Machine Gun Corps in Delville Wood; duties carrying ammunition; memory of seeing Lloyd George in GB; description of shrapnel wounds; reaction to casualties; night raids; question of reporting sick and amusing memory of pill No 9; problem of illness and hospital treatment in Rouen; story of giving evidence at court martial of sergeant; attitude to atrocity stories and executions; further memories of shell shocked soldier.
REEL 3 Continues: story of Vickers machine guns; summary of movements; memory of seeing tanks; rejoined 7th Bn Royal Fusiliers; problem of lice; repair of boots; moved to Forceville, France, 4/1918; billets; moved into Aveluy Wood, Somme area; daily routine; amusing story of rum; description of engagement with German troops and aircraft; memory of death of friend; rotation in and out of line; story of Lewis gun and German raiding party; description of period in outpost; memory of officer's corpse; story of deserter; memory of Armistice, 11/1918.
REEL 4 Continues: description of German attack on Aveluy Wood; casualties; roll call; description of overhead machine gun barrage; story of German officer; amusing story of torn trousers; death of friend Martin; reason for staying in army after end of war; duties as driver with Royal Army Service Corps in Germany, 1918-1919; description of box barrage; relations with German civilians; question of celebrating Armistice; problem of booby traps; amusing story of Artists' Rifles; effects of various types of gas; description of German offensive, 3/1918; story of holy communion; religious beliefs.