British civilian in Upavon, Wilts; served as Merchant Navy quartermaster in Atlantic and Irish Sea 1913-1919
REEL 1 Family and educational background in Upavon, Wilts 1897-1910: early employment. Service with Merchant Navy as cabin boy aboard HMT Sudan 1913: duties; first voyage. Service aboard HMT Oruba 1914: trips to West Indies; food; watches; outbreak of war and carrying refugees; transporting bullion to US. Mail boat service 1915. Aspects of Merchant Navy patrol service with minesweeping trawler Sabrina 1915-1919: submarine patrol in Irish Sea and incident chasing submarines 25/12/1915; near miss mine on North Atlantic patrol; minesweeping.
REEL 2 Aspects of Merchant Navy patrol service aboard Sabrina 1915-1919: North Atlantic patrol; escort duties; food; clothing; rescuing crew and salvaging from damaged ships; leave; pay; news of war from wireless; end of war and contact with German sailors at surrender of fleet; minesweeping duties; discharge at Portsmouth 1/4/1929 and cheering homecoming ships. Post war career in docks.