British private served with 15th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in GB and on Western Front, 1916-1918
REEL 1: Background in St Helens, Lancs, 1896-1916: family; education; employment in Ashton Colliery; memory of outbreak of war, 8/1914; question of attesting and call-up at Bury Barracks. Aspects of training in GB, 1916-1918: description of training in Hull; rifle training and marksmanship award; training as Lewis gunner; drill; route marches; story of journey to Dover and billets. Recollections of operations with 15th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers on Western Front, 1918: description of journey to France and further training at Etaples base camp; gas training; posted to St Quentin canal area, Somme; description of daily life and conditions in trenches; story of German sniper in plane; role as bugler and drummer in band; pursuit of retreating Germans; story of capturing German naval gun; posted to Arras sector and story of contracting influenza; problem of mines; story of blowing up ammunition dumps after Armistice, 11/1918; question of remaining in army.
REEL 2 Continues: story of demobilization in France and GB, 1919. Reflections on period of military service. Post-war employment.