British trooper served as driver with Royal Field Artillery on Western Front and in Germany, 1916-1919
REEL 1 Background in Yorkshire, GB, 1897-1914: family; daily life; education; employment in woollen mill; hours and wages; trade union activity; political activities and support for Labour Party; opinion of Kier Hardie. Aspects of enlistment and training with Royal Field Artillery in GB, 1915: story of enlistment in Halifax, 1915; attested; Ripon camp; issued with uniform and bedding; training at riding school; rifle training; passed out as marksman.
REEL 2 Continues: posted to France, 1/1916; Southampton; embarkation of horses and guns; arrived at Le Havre; danger from submarines; moved into line; under shellfire; chose horses; saddled; GS wagons; nervous horse; duties delivering mail and ammunition; amusing story of officers' mess; story of gas attack; morale; memories of humorous friend; in action at Engelbelmer; story of delivering mail bags; nervous horse; carrying ammunition; frozen water; cold weather; death of horses from exposure; sleeping arrangements in snow; problem of driving horses in rain and mud; danger from mines; three mines exploded; story of journey to ammunition dump.
REEL 3 Continues; taking cover in trees; returned to battery under shellfire; battery hidden in bank; injuries to horses; clothing in summer; story of horse falling into well; problem of lice and use of sulphur ointment; problem of rats; personal hygiene; baths and fumigation of clothes; relations with French civilians; communication with aircraft using letters on ground; German spotter plane; description of artillery barrage on battery; ran towards sap; officer with gramophone; took shelter in dugout; death of friends buried alive in sap; story of New Zealand troops killed in dugout; amusing story of estaminet; story of HQ; opinion of officers messing arrangements; Forward Liaison Officer.
REEL 4 Continues: on rising ground; observing Germans; give instruction to battery via telephone; indentification of targets; German motorcyclist killed by shell; terrain and living conditions; story of death of captain; 1917 attack on Cambrai; sycnronised watches; in charge of ordnance; description of operations and troop disposition; Germans in Havrincourt Wood; Germans attacked; cleared ridge; attacked by Fokker aircraft; Bristol fighters; German prisoners; story of officer wounded by shrapnel; German plane dropped bombs; gassed officer; story of German in dressing station with no brain; bombed from aircraft; memory of seeing Von Richthofen's aircraft; opinion of medical services and treatment of wounded; Blighty wounds; story of being gassed, 1918; took message to HQ; in hospital; effects of mustard gas; question of psychological effects of war and post-traumatic stress; state of health after war; nerves; problem with hearing; opinion of rations.
REEL 5 Continues: story of chocolate; supplementing rations; rum ration; duties as cook; story of pigs; in Germany; hailstones; over mountain pass; injury to hand; German café; story of strawberries; mail service; censorship; amusing story of telegram; story of overstaying leave; story of baking bread in Germany; examples of Pte Anderson's practical jokes; story of officer at Ripon camp; pay; canteens.
REEL 6 Continues: attitude to being commissioned in Royal Flying Corps; memories of malingerer Pte Green; opinion of German and French troops; opinion of General Byng; opinion of officers; attitude to medals; attitude to anti-German propaganda; opinion of Americans; in Champagne sector, 1918; terrain; German POWs; memories of friends; story of getting lost; problem of horses falling asleep; story of ammunition boxes.
REEL 7 Continues: Story of incident with gun team; example of strength of horses; use of soda water to make tea; question of using water from shell hole; amusing story of champagne in Rheims, 1918; story of finding food and cigars in German dugout at Havrincourt; story of home leave in Yorkshire; story of firing Very light pistol while on leave; censorship of mail; death of brother at Battle of Loos, 1915; story of rifle and safety catch; various memories of Armistice Day celebrations, 11/11/1918; guns fired off shells until 11am; accommodation in monastery. Aspects of period with Army of Occupation in Germany, 12/1918-3/1919: story of hail storm.
REEL 8 Continues: relations with German civilians; electrical supplies; description of visits to German paper and textile factories; opinion of food and billets in dance hall; relations with German women; opinion of German pubs; currency; train carriages reserved for military; story of railway guard; opinion of senior command during First World War; demob suit; description of voyage in bad weather back to GB, 3/1919. Further comments on operations on Western Front, 1916-1918: reaction to death of friends; story of sharing water supply with Germans at Vimy Ridge; amusing story of cake; amusing story of friend Charlie; state of health after war.
REEL 9 Continues: memories of flu epidemic, 1918; symptoms and treatment; number of deaths; memory of shooting at German aircraft; use of German rifle and pistol; opinion of German weapons; length of service; reflections on war; attitude to being wounded; opinion of terms of Treaty of Versailles; description of German attack at Havrincourt Wood; story of friend killed in Ireland, 1919.