British seaman gunner joined Royal Navy in 1894; served aboard HMS Fox and HMS Imperieuse in Pacific; served aboard HMS Berwick and HMS Hawke in GB coastal waters, 1911-1914; served aboard HMS Neptune in North Sea, 1914-1918, including Battle of Jutland, 1916
REEL 1: Aspect of education at Greenwich Hospital School and training with Royal Navy, 1894-1901: story of joining Royal Navy, 1894; training on HMS St. Vincent; memories of Greenwich Hospital School, family background; discipline on HMS St. Vincent; sea training on brigs. Aspects of period aboard HMS Imperieuse and HMS Fox in Pacific: story of falling overboard from HMS Fox; memories of Captain Pelham; description of rescue from sea. Aspects of period aboard HMS Berwick in GB coastal waters; memories of Captain Hood.
REEL 2 Continues: story of painting mess deck black; opinion of Captain Hood; punishments; story of calibre firing test; duties in charge of picket boat and problem of bad weather. Story of accident aboard HMS Juno. Aspects of period aboard HMS Hawke, 1911-1914: opinion of Captain Blunt; story of collision with civilian passenger liner 'Egypt' in Solent; damage to ship and repairs; further memories of Captain Blunt.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of operations aboard HMS Neptune in North Sea, 1914-1918: duties as seaman gunner; role in operations during Battle of Jutland, 5/1916; amusing story of officer with same name. Various aspects of service with Royal Navy, 1894-1918: further memories of training brigs; marriage; duties as side boy aboard HMS Imperieuse in Pacific; amusing story of Captain Lee; duties as mess boy; qualified as ordinary seaman; story of whaling boats; training as ordinary seaman; gunnery training; opinion of officers.
REEL 4 Continues: recreational activities; physical training; memory of swimming at Greenwich School; story of role in joint operations with Hampshire Regt in Somalia to capture rebel leader; casualties.