British seaman served aboard HMS Chatham in Mediterranean and Dardanelles, 1914-1916; served as Leading Torpedo Man aboard HMS Tirade with Harwich Flotilla in GB coastal waters, 1916-1918
REEL 1: Aspects of training as boy seaman with Royal Navy in GB, 1912-1914: enlistment in Ramsgate, 1912; posted to Shotley Barracks; description of training on HMS Ganges; memory of climbing mast; opinion of instructors; sea training aboard HMS Edgar; family background; transferred to light cruiser HMS Chatham in Mediterranean, 1914. Aspects of operations as seaman aboard HMS Chatham in Mediterranean and Dardanelles, 1914-1916: sailed from Malta to Straits of Messina; pursuit of German ships Goben and Brelsau; sailed into Indian Ocean; pursuit of German ships Emden and Konigsberg; climate; story of HMS Chatham stranded on rocks; injury to arm; punishment for smoking; imprisonment; sailed to Dardanelles, 4/1915; role of HMS Chatham in bombardment prior to Suvla Bay landings; duties in crow's nest; attacked by Turkish aircraft; returned to GB, 2/1916. Aspects of operations as Leading Torpedo Man aboard HMS Tirade with Harwich Flotilla, 1916-1918.
REEL 2 Continues: qualified as Leading Torpedo Man (LTO) aboard HMS Warspite; pay; based in Scapa Flow in GB coastal waters, 1916-1918: convoy duties in North Sea; story of collision with cargo ship; rescue of survivors; story of firing on U-boat crew in sea, 1918; amusing story of captain of HMS Lark. Aspects of post-war service with Royal Navy: duties in charge of maintenance party; story of canteen fund; drafted to HMS Whitshead in Mediterranean, 1919; recalled to Chatham barracks; story of being discharged from navy because of membership of Communist Party, 1923.
REEL 3 Continues: story of loss of badge for missing HMS Tirade; duties on canteen committee; opinion of officers; voting in general election; attitude to naval life; story of betting syndicate. Civilian life and employment.