British officer served with No 3 Troop, B Sqdn Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars in Egypt and Palestine, 1915-1918, including Battle of Maghar Ridge, 13/Nov/1917; served with 101st Machine Gun Bn on Western Front, 1918
REEL 1: Aspects of family background in Austria and GB: family; leisure activities including shooting and riding; family history; education at Charterhouse and Cambridge, GB; memories of outbreak of war, 8/1914. Aspects of training with Royal Engineers Signal Coy and 7th Reserve Cavalry in GB, 1914-1915: trained as motorcycle despatch rider; commissioned in 7th Reserve Cavalry, 11/1914; description of training and duties as troop leader and instructor; riding school instruction; drill; drafted into Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars; trained recruits; sailed from Avonmouth to Alexandria, Egypt, 1915. Aspects of operations as officer with No 3 Troop, B Sqdn Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars in Egypt and Palestine, 1915-1918: description of voyage; memory of brothel inspection; role in operations against Senussi; further training.
REEL 2 Continues: fox hunting; duties training Vickers gun machine section; stationed on Suez Canal; description of role in operations in First and Second Battles of Gaza, 1917; casualties; story of accidental engagement with Australian troops; German artillery strafes; use of air support; problem of watering horses; story of taking message to divisional HQ; opinion of commanding officers; duties patrolling No Man's Land;description of various engagements with Turkish forces; story of Turkish spy; story of Bedouins; living conditions; duties as troop leader; organisation; problem of watering horses; description of operations around Beersheba; moved to coast; weather; bivouacs; picket line; description of role during Battle of Maghar Ridge, 13/Nov/1917; capture of Turks on ridge; casualties in Troop; use of sword; experience of being in cavalry charge; burial of dead.
REEL 3 Continues: story of Turkish officer; description of action against Turks at Akir, 15/Nov/1917; capture of railway junction; problem of lice; patrol duties along road to Jerusalem; problem of wet night; role as advanced guard on escarpment; story of being ambushed by Turkish division; casualties; withdrawal and relief by infantry; problem of food and water for horses; memory of inspection by General Allenby, 1918; memory of home leave in England, 1918; description of voyage; machine gun course. Aspects of operations as officer with 101st Machine Gun Bn on Western Front, 8-11/1918: reason for going to Western Front; use of mules; role of 101st Machine Gun Bn; story of attacking Germans in copse; description of preparing gun positions; effects of German shelling; comparison of conditions on Western Front and in Palestine; advanced to Courtrai; prepared camouflaged gun positions, 11/1918; memories of Armistice celebrations and fatal accidents, 11/11/1918; demobilised, 1919; reflections on period of military service; question of morale and patriotism. Post-war life and employment in GB.
REELS 4-9: Various aspects of civilian life and employment; repetition of earlier material; reading from books about Palestine campaign.