British seaman served as stoker with Royal Navy, 1910-1929; survived sinking of HMS Comet in Mediterranean, 19/Aug/1918
REEL 1: Background in GB, 1909-1910: story of joining navy, 1909; civilian employment; reaction of mother to joining navy; description of barracks in Portsmouth; training on HMS Nelson and Renown, 1909-1910; drill; swimming; drafted to HMS Hermione, 4/1910. Recollections of service as stoker with Royal Navy, 1910-1929: period as stoker aboard HMS Hermione and HMS Drake, 4/1910-3/1911: messing arrangements; description of duties as stoker; removal of clinker; types of coal; relations with officers and marines; civilian employment; marriage; torpedoed in Mediterranean aboard HMS Comet, 19/Aug/1918; in hospital with dysentery on Armistice Day, 11/11/1918.
REEL 2 Continues: casualties following sinking of HMS Comet; memories of HMS Drake and HMS Vernon; memories of Aggie Weston's; sporting activities; duties at wireless station on Jamaica, 1915-1917; pension; messing arrangements; amusing story of HMS Cardiff; period as acting stoker petty officer; attitude to naval life and discipline; further memories of wireless station on Jamaica; construction of station; use of local labour; memories of period aboard HMS Tiger, 1926-1929.
REEL 3 Continues: fights aboard ships; living conditions aboard destroyers; washing facilities; punishments; story of losing badge; living conditions in barracks; family; relations with Jamaican civilians.