British seaman served aboard HMS Skirmisher in Mediterranean, 1918. POW of Japanese in Formosa, 1941-1945
REEL 1: Story of joining Royal Navy aged 16, 1917. Aspects of training as boy seaman at Mutton Cove, Devonport. 1917-1918: baths; issued with uniform and kit; amusing story of hammock; memory of Petty Officer Evans; story of padre's dog; education; family; daily routine on training ship; opinion of instructors. Aspects of operations as seaman aboard HMS Skirmisher in Mediterranean, 1918: sailed to Taranto, Italy, 1918; duties; caught flu; medical treatment; story of funeral in Greece; paid off at Grimbsy; home leave; took home hammock to be washed. Aspects of period as POW of Japanese on Formosa, 1941-1945; relations with Japanese guards; description of POW camp; American air raids on camp. Further memories of naval service: comradeship; attitude to naval life and discipline; pay; messing arrangements and food; story of scuttling of HMS Tamar, 1941.
REEL 2: memories of VC winner Commander Malleson