British seaman served as armourer aboard HMS Sans Pareil, HMS Illustrious, HMS Fort, HMS Duncan and HMS Orvieta in North Sea and Mediterranean, 1899-1918
REEL 1: Recollections of service as armourer with Royal Navy, 1899-1918: story of joining Royal Marines and transfer to Royal Navy, 899; posted to Chatham Barracks; drafted to HMS Sans Pareil; gunnery school at Sheerness; memories of service aboard HMS Fort in East Africa; incident with matches at Scapa Flow; story of court martial; amusing story of rum.
REEL 2 Continues: service record; offered staff post on HMS Vernon; memories of HMS Duncan at Scapa Flow; flu epidemic; memories of HMS Orvieta; German air attacks; employment on admiralty staff in Scotland; memory of surrender of German fleet, 1918; awarded Distinguished Service Medal for disarming mines; post-war life and employment; rations at sea; story of chaplain; memory of East African civilians; story of sending letter written on leaf; father's employment; civilian apprenticeship with bicycle company;
REEL 3 Continues: reaction of parents to joining Royal Marines; description of training as armourer; types of weapons; summary of ships served aboard; insignia; attitude to naval life and discipline; story of incident with gun; memory of wet canteen on HMS Sans Pareil; involvement in fights; various memories of period at Shotley Barracks.
REEL 4 Continues: memories of Aggie Weston's; story of shore leave in Barcelona; types of leave; story of leave in London; story of compassionate leave.
REEL 5 Continues: concluding comments.