British chief petty officer served as wireless telegraphist aboard HMS Powerful in Pacific, 1910-1912; served aboard HMS Beaver in North Sea, 1913-1915, including Battle of Heligoland, 8/1914; served aboard HMS Fearless in Dardanelles and North Sea, 1915-1916, including Battle of Jutland, 5/1916
REEL 1: Aspects of training with Royal Navy in GB, 1907-1910: joined navy as boy seaman, 11/1907; special rating in wireless telegraphy aboard HMS Impregnable, 1907-1908; pre-war civilian employment with Post Office; three months seamanship training; personnel in telegraphy; reaction of parents; reason for joining navy; education; development of wireless technology. Aspects of operations as wireless telegraphist aboard HMS Beaver in North Sea, 1914-1915: role during Battle of Heligoland, 8/1914; location of wireless room; sound proofing; relations with signallers; wireless frequencies; question of maintaining silence during action; codes. Further aspects of period as boy seaman in GB: opinion of food; opinion of instructors; attitude to brutality of instructors and punishments.
REEL 2 Continues: relations with officers. Aspects of period aboard HMS Powerful in Pacific, 1910-1912. Aspects of operations as wireless telegraphist aboard HMS Fearless in Dardanelles and North Sea, 1915-1916: losses during Battle of Jutland; sailed to Dardanelles; story of head injury; question of applying for commission; pay; various memories of officers. Further aspects of period aboard HMS Powerful in Pacific and HMS Fearless in Dardanelles, 1910-1916: memory of climbing masts on HMS Powerful; formation of Australian Navy; conditions aboard ship; duties as wireless telegraphist; ; broadcasting to Fiji; story of shore leave in Australia.
REEL 3 Continues: sporting activities; story of desertions from HMS Powerful in Australia; story of post-war visit to Helles, Gallipoli; story of visit to Bulgarian front, Salonika, Greece, 1916; duties in Salonika repairing sets on ships; training as signaller; Morse code; word speed; duties as WT instructor for officers; REEL 4 Continues: summary of ships; HMS Europa moored in Mudros harbour; memories of Captain Hopper; fate of deserters from HMS Powerful; opinion of Australians and Fijians; story of Fijian cricketer; Roman Catholic faith.
REEL 5 Continues: Various aspects of service with Royal Navy, 1910-1945: opinion of naval chaplains; family background; opinion of barracks in Portsmouth; boxing; story of fight on HMS Powerful; memories of Aggie Weston's; rum ration; recreational activities in Portsmouth; pay rates; memory of visit by Winston Churchill.
REEL 6 Continues: strength of signals and tuning out interference; attitude to promotion; attached to Fleet Air Arm during Second World War; posted to Kenya as instructor; relations with white civilians; snobbery about seamen; relations with Africans and question of punishments; attitude to serving in Africa; attitude to war; comments on Vietnam War.