British boy seaman trained on HMS Powerful, HMS Impregnable and HMS Endymion, 1912-1914; seaman served aboard HMS Liverpool in North Sea, 1914-1916 and aboard HMS Greyhound with Dover Patrol, 1917-1918; served aboard HMS Tobago in Black Sea and Mediterranean, 1918-1919
REEL 1: Aspects of training as boy seaman in GB, 1912-1914: story of joining navy in Liverpool, 1912; family; given a shilling for food; journey to Devonport; description of training on HMS Powerful and HMS Impregnable; issued with kit and uniform; pay as second and first class boy; gunnery training; daily routine; messing arrangements; general duties; physical training; climbing rigging; divisions; seamanship and signalling; role as piper for mess; educational classes; make and mend periods; shore leave; punishments including Ten A; accommodation and sleeping arrangements; opinion of food; pay; transferred to training ship HMS Endymion, Queenstown, Ireland; description of training and exercises; relations with officers. Aspects of operations as seaman aboard HMS Liverpool, 1st Light Cruiser Sqdn, in North Sea, 1914-1916: living conditions; description of ship and armaments; searchlights;.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of period in Portsmouth, 1916-1917: description of training as Leading Torpedo Man on HMS Vernon; memories of Aggie Weston's; drafted to HMS Greyhound, 1917. Aspects of operations aboard HMS Greyhound with Dover Patrol, 1917-1918; problem of speed of ship; description of duties escorting troops ships to France and delivering food supplies; crew; route; coaling ship; memories of Dover and German air raids; drafted to HMS Tobago in Black Sea,1918. Aspects of operations aboard HMS Tobago in Black Sea and Mediterranean, 1918-1919: story of Russian Bolshevik propaganda leaflets and mutiny aboard ship, 12/1919; role of HMS Tobago in Russia; story of Sikhs and brigands; memory of boarding German ship Goben.
REEL 3 Continues: story of pursuit of German ship Crown Prince Wilhelm; captured German supply ship; opinion of rations; stomach problems; dancing on ship; living conditions and accommodation; story of firing on German aircraft; attitude to naval life and discipline; attitude to drinking; memories of childhood in Yarmouth; description of pre-war education and training at Navy League School; family life.