British seaman served as writer aboard HMS Leander in GB coastal waters, 1908, HMS Fantone in Pacific, 1913-1914 and HMS Carysfoot in North Sea, 1915-1916
REEL 1: Recollections of service with Royal Navy, 1907-1920: story of article; aspects of post-war naval service; pay and pension; joined navy as boy writer at Chatham Barracks, 1907; family; reason for joining navy; aspects of period at Greenwich Royal Hospital School, 1904-1907: education; trades; uniform; reason for being selected as boy writer; problem with eyesight; story of boxing contest; physical training; memories of first ship, HMS Leander, 1/1908-10/1908, as part of Channel Fleet; stationed at Devonport; messing arrangements as boy writer; daily routine and duties; memories of captain of HMS Leander; memories of HMS Fantone in Pacific, 3/1913-10/1914; reaction to outbreak of war, 8/1914; pursuit of Scharnhorst and Gneisnau.
REEL 2 Continues: memories of captain of HMS Fantone; aspects of period aboard HMS Carysfort with Grand Fleet, 6/1915-11/1916; duties as writer; use of typewriter; story of post-war service in East Indies; educational qualifications and certificates; memories of Jimmy Lane; post-war activities; story of HMS Hawkinge; opinion of Aggie Weston's; religious beliefs and teetotaller; involvement in lower deck welfare activities.
REEL 3 Continues: role in vocational training schemes; post-war service on China station; canteen revenue; various memories of welfare committees and meetings; opinion of conditions on lower deck; discipline; story of uniform tunic; punishments; messing arrangements at Chatham Barracks; kit upkeep allowance; uniform; writers' relations with other trades; made chief writer, 1920; description of ship's company and duties aboard HMS Fantone; pay; various memories of operations during First World War.
REEL 4 Continues: duties as chief writer at drafting office, Devonport; role of paymaster; action station; treatment as boy writer; duties of chief writer; question of commission; marriage; status of writers and question of promotion; examinations; attitude to role as writer.
REEL 5 Continues: attitude to naval life and discipline; duties aboard surveying ships and pay