British seaman served as captain's clerk aboard HMS Conqueror, 1913-1914 and HMS Invincible and HMS Renown in North Sea and South Atlantic, 1914-1918, including Battle of the Falkland Islands, 12/1914
REEL 1: Recollections of operations as captain's clerk aboard HMS Conqueror, HMS Invincible and HMS Renown, 1914-1918: joined navy, 8/1914; first post as assistant clerk aboard HMS Conqueror; ship's company aboard HMS Invincible; messing arrangements and accommodation; joined Grand Fleet; operations stopping merchant ships in North Sea; member of ciphering team; issued with tropical uniform; coaling ship; problem of lack of canteen facilities; arrived in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, 7/Dec/1914; description of terrain; description of role in operations during Battle of the Falkland Islands, 12/1914; engagement with German fleet; use of torpedo nets; story of rescuing Germans seamen from water; damage to ship; burials at sea; pursuit of the Emden; memorial service for dead; repairs to ship; returned to GB via Gibraltar; post-war reunions; memories of Commander Dannreuther; guns replaced; contracted German measles; story of collision with iron yacht; reason for not being present during Battle of Jutland, 1916.
REEL 2 Continues: various memories of captains; use of aircraft from ships; further memories of Dannreuther; relations with press; entered navy by competitive examination as clerk; training as clerk; rank and promotion; posted to HMS Renown, 1916-1918; commissioned at Plymouth; crew; various memories of royal voyages.
REEL 3 Continues: memories of Admiral Beatty; staff and duties in captain's office; duties as staff supply officer in Sierra Leone; duties as clerk to Captain Kay; joined HMS Conqueror, 1913; memories of Mountbatten; period in Ireland; story of visit to Gallipoli beaches; memories of Hankow.
REEL 4 Continues: story of court of enquiry; amusing story of Winston Churchill; story of breaking ankle aboard HMS Renown and receiving wound stripe; story of Emperor of Abyssinia; story of joining HMS Renown; coaling ship; type of coal; action station at base of conning tower aboard HMS Invincible; repetition of earlier material relating to Battle of the Falkland Islands.
REEL 5 Continues: description of duties as captain's clerk; disciplinary offences; opinion of Captains Beamish and Kay; assisted by writer; role of paymaster; sequence of promotion and insignia; repetition of story about breaking ankle