British officer served with Royal Engineers Signal Service in GB and Gallipoli, 1914-1915; served with Signals Office at Headquarters of 18th and 8th Corps on Western Front, 1916-1918
REEL 1 Review of contents of dossiers deposited with Peter Liddle Personal Experience Archives. Recollections of period as signal officer with training coy of Royal Engineers Signal Service at Houghton Regis, 1914-1915: story of introducing Christmas concert party for civilians, 26/12/1914; reactions to mess lifestyle, consequent impact on relationship with officers and lack of promotion; news of posting as mounted unit to Gallipoli; kitting out; story of difficulties in learning to ride. Voyage to Imbros, 7/1915. Recollections of landing at Suvla, Gallipoli, Turkey, 7/8/1915: story of retrieving forgotten cable barrel during difficult embarkation at Imbros, 6/8/1915.
REEL 2 Continues: story of retrieving barrel during embarkation at Imbros, 6/8/1915; landing; failure to establish heliograph contact with Nibrunesi Point; meeting Stopford in shell hole. Evacuation with dysentery to Malta, 1915. Recollections of period as signals master, Signals Office XVIII Corps Headquarters on Western Front, 1/1917-4/1918: convent billets in Ypres area; Toc H at Poperinghe; story of car accident in ruins and reaction of tired troops warned of danger from falling masonry; story of verbal examination as German interpreter over telephone and consequent suspicions of civilian billet owners who overheard; citation on award of Military Cross, 3/1918; role in maintaining signals communications during withdrawal caused by German offensive in St Quentin area, 21/3/1918; personal morale and attitude to command; organisation of corps communications system and role of advance signal office report centre during advance and or retreat.
REEL 3 Continues: story of calling for volunteers amongst signallers to defend corps signal office report centre on being warned of approach of cavalry during of German advance in St Quentin area, 3/1918; reads letter to wife, 3/1918. Recollections of period as Signals Master with VIII Corps Headquarters on Western Front, 4/1918-11/1918: 4/1918; dissolution of XVIII Corps; opinion of Hunter Weston and illustrative story of dispute with him over fitting of electric light in his office; story of failed attempt to use carrier pigeon for message having selected billet for corps HQ on occupation of town; pre-war military service and reaction to army lifestyle; stories of other ranks and officers unsuited to army lifestyle.
REEL 4 Continues: stories of other ranks and officers unsuited to army lifestyle; Talbot House at Poperinghe; story of Hunter Weston's undignified riding accident during his ceremonial review of pioneer battalion in Orchies, 1918. Story of sharing shell hole with Stopford, 8/1915. Story of having lunch with Hankey and his conversation concerning role in reporting on Churchill's activities to government.