Chief petty officer served as signaller and wireless operator aboard HMS St George and HMS Hindustan in Mediterranean and in Malta, 1907-1918
REEL 1: Aspects of training as boy seaman on HMS St Vincent, HMS Calliope and HMS Victory, 1903-1907: seamanship skills; boat sailing exercise in Shetland; opinion of instructors; night watch; story of captain committing suicide; story of confirmation; story of boots; story of HMS Neptune ramming Victory; damage and repairs. Recollections of service with Royal Navy, 1907-1918: drafted to HMS Prince George in Mediterranean; training as signaller in Gibraltar and at signal school; duties as wireless operator aboard HMS Hindustan; story of making records for Morse code training; formation of Wireless Branch and design of badge; memory of seeing Amundsen's ship Fram, 1912; story of boat capsizing at Spithead and number of deaths.
REEL 2 Continues: rescued by Pickford's boat; description of duties in charge of wireless station in Malta, 1913-1918; range of wireless equipment; description of journey back to GB via Italy and France, 1918; living conditions aboard HMS Calliope; washing facilities; baths; messing arrangements; story of making up tobacco; seamanship skills on sail and steam ships; wireless equipment; shore leave.
REEL 3 Continues: memory of Tickler's Jam; attitude to naval life and discipline; story of playing drum at funeral; musical activities with band; reason for joining Royal Navy, 1903; story of killing sheep and turtle at sea; repetition of previous material.