British boy seaman trained on HMS St Vincent, Portsmouth, 1899-1905; seaman served aboard HMS Mars with Channel Fleet and HMS Lancaster with Mediterranean Fleet, 1905-1907; served as gunner aboard HMS Europa and HMS Amethyst in Mediterranean and on South America station, 1914-1918
REEL 1: Aspects of training as boy seaman on HMS St Vincent, Portsmouth, 1899-1905: reason for joining Royal Navy; family; description of training; opinion of food; discipline and punishments; sail drill. Aspects of period as seaman aboard HMS Mars and HMS Lancaster, 1905-1907: drafted to battleship HMS Mars with Channel Fleet; drafted to cruiser HMS Lancaster in Mediterranean; trained as seaman gunner; bought self out of navy and posted to Fleet Reserve, 1907. Aspects of period with Fleet Reserve in GB, 1907-1914: civilian employment with London Fire Brigade and on farm; duties with Fleet Reserve; gunnery training; one day a week on ship; pay; mobilised at outbreak of war, 8/1914. Aspects of operations aboard HMS Europa and HMS Amethyst, 1914-1918: drafted to HMS Europa; drafted to HMS Amethyst; patrol duty in Mediterranean and on South America station; discharged in Portsmouth, 1918. Various aspects of service with Royal Navy, 1899-1918: attitude to naval life; opinion of officers; gunnery training on Whale Island; duties on patrol; recreational and sporting activities; comparison of civilian and naval pay; education; training on HMS St Vincent; story of theft of money; duties as mess boy to master-at-arms aboard HMS Mars.
REEL 2 Continues: messing arrangements; duties in galley aboard HMS Lancaster; recreational activities; badges; patrol duty in Portsmouth; accommodation in barracks; attitude to being trained in sail; further comments on training on HMS St Vincent; family.