British NCO served with 11th Hussars in GB and on Western Front, 1904-1916; served as officer with 2nd Bn Suffolk Regt on Western Front and in Germany, 1916-1919
REEL 1: Background in Coddenham, Suffolk, 1886-1914: family; education. Aspects of period as NCO in 11th Hussars in GB, 1904-1914: story of enlistment and reaction of family;description of duties in Quartermaster's stores and of rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant; memory of outbreak of war, 8/1914. Recollections of operations as NCO with 11th Hussars on Western Front, 1914-1916: description of arrival in Mons area, Belgium, 1914; problems of supplying men and horses with provisions; question of German atrocities against civilians; description of movements following retreat from Mons; question of morale; memory of German attack at Nery, 1/Sep/1914; question of supplying rations and water; description of daily duties in Quartermaster's office in Fletre, France, 11/1914-4/1915; description of conditions in Ypres, Belgium., 1915; memory of leave and attitude of civilians, 1/1915; memory of gas victims from 2nd Battle of Ypres, 1915 and death of friend in Royal Army Medical Corps; opinion of gas protections measures; description of aftermath of Battle of Loos, 9/1915; description of supply system in Loos and Neuve Chappelle area; description of rations and supplies and method of delivery to front line.
REEL 2 Continues: story of applying for commission and interview with General Makins, 1916; description of period of training with Artists' Rifles. Recollections of period as officer with 2nd Bn Suffolk Regt on Western Front, 1916-1918: story of commission as officer in 2nd Bn Suffolk Regt and training at cadet school; description of first experience under fire in trenches at St Eloi, France, 3/1916; memory of Padre Mellish; casualties; description of further duties as Quartermaster and nature of responsibilities; description of role during Battle of Somme, 7/1916; delivery of rations and water supplies to front line in Caterpillar Valley area; question of casualties; problem of transport during wet weather; description of conditions in Serre sector, 1916; story of supplying rum ration and problem of drunkenness.
REEL 3 Continues: description of special rations issued at Christmas; use of whale oil for treating trench foot; problem of distributing rations during Battle of Arras, 4/1917; memory of man with serious head wound in Harp area; story of delivering rations by mule during 3rd Battle of Ypres, 11/1917; description of duties as company commander in River Selle area, 1918; story of being awarded Military Cross; memory of Armistice, 11/1918. Aspects of period with 2nd Bn Suffolk Regt in Germany, 1918-1919: description of conditions in Duhren and Cologne areas; relations with German civilians. Opinion of role of padres on Western Front and question of religious beliefs.