British boy seaman trained on HMS Ganges, 1903-1907; seaman served aboard HMS Talbot in Mediterranean, 1907-1913; petty officer served aboard torpedo boat HMS Grasshopper in North Sea and Dardanelles, 1913-1916, including Gallipoli landings, 1915
REEL 1: Background in York, GB: reason for joining navy; family; education and employment in York; story of enlistment in York, 19/Jan/1903; train to Harwich. Aspects of training as boy seaman in GB, 1903-1907: description of training on HMS Ganges and Caroline; sleeping arrangements; marked kit with name; swimming test; baths; daily routine; organised into classes; seamanship skills; food; climbing rigging; description of uniform; drafted to mechanical training ship HMS Iris; drafted to HMS Triumph, 1904; daily routine and training; discipline. Aspects of operations aboard HMS Talbot in Mediterranean, 1907-1913: story of attending coronation of King and Queen of Norway; summary of ships and service; drafted to HMS Grasshopper, 1913.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of operations as petty officer aboard HMS Grasshopper in North Sea and Dardanelles, 1915-1916: sporting activities as footballer; colour scheme for ships; living conditions; sailed to Alexandria, Egypt; duties patrolling Straits of Messina; pursuit of German ships Goben and Breslau; memory of sinking of HMS Triumph; role in operations during Gallipoli campaign in Dardanelles, 1915; description of landings on Gallipoli and casualties; description of trenches and magazine store; physical training and sporting activities.