British as able seaman served aboard HMS Dreadnought and Iron Duke, 1914-1918
REEL 1 Aspects of service with Royal Navy, ca 1912-1922: training as boy aboard HMS Impregnable at Devonport, 1912; value of prior seamanship training from father; attitude to promotion; training cruise aboard HMS Leviathan, 1913; review of postings, ca 1913-1915 nature of routine as flagship during period aboard HMS Iron Duke, ca 1915-1918; nature of active service with Mediterranean Fleet, ca 1918-1922; story of using makeshift landing craft; operations in Black Sea and based at Constantinople, Turkey; question of recreations and story of buying crofter's cheese whilst ashore at Scapa Flow, ca 1914-1918; story of accident whilst acting as mooring party in rough weather on arrival of HMS Hampshire at Scapa Flow, ca 5/1916; news of sinking of HMS Hampshire from HMS Oak, 6/1916; effects of rough weather at Scapa Flow; food and role as 'cook of mess' aboard HMS Iron Duke; leave; question of recreations ashore at Scapa Flow; messdecks aboard HMS Dreadnought; recreations and sporting activities; visits to Rosyth; coaling ship aboard HMS Centurion; posting to HMS Warspite during refit.
REEL 2 Continues: story of fitting flagpole aboard HMS Warspite during refit; story of Far East cruise on detachment with New Zealand Navy, ca 1925-1926; promotion to able seaman, ca 1914; painting duties aboard HMS Dreadnought; action station in turret aboard HMS Iron Duke; hammocks; minimal contact with officers. Service aboard armed merchant cruiser Scotsman, 1939: call up as naval pensioner; inexperience of crew; cold conditions and complaints over lack of clothing; drafts of former fishermen; sinking after being torpedoed off Hebrides. Period aboard HMS Banff, ca 1940: inexperience of crew and refusal of promotion to petty officer; duties escorting convoys off West Africa; visits ashore.