British private served with York and Lancaster Regt in GB and on Western Front,, 1915-1917; served with 2nd Bn Middlesex Regt on Western Front, 1917-1918; POW in Germany, 1918; served with 2nd Bn Middlesex Regt in Egypt, 1919-1921
REEL 1: Background in Sheffield, Yorkshire, 1898-1914: family; education; description of activities with Boys Life Bde; first aid training; camps; employment as apprentice coach builder; hours and pay; reaction to outbreak of war, 8/1914; attitude to Germans; description of making aeroplane propellers and limber wagons; reason for volunteering; story of enlistment with York and Lancaster Regt, Pontefract, 1915; posted to County Durham for training. Aspects of training with York and Lancaster Regt in GB and France, 1915-1917: description of basic training; problem with eyesight; opinion of instructors; drill; route marches; drafted to Etaples, France, 1917; description of training and instructors; posted to 2nd Bn Middlesex Regt, 1917. Recollections of operations with 2nd Bn Middlesex Regt on Western Front, 1917-1918: posted to Ypres area, Belgium; description of trench system; rations; washing and sanitary facilities; problem of lice; terrain and weather conditions; state of health.
REEL 2 Continues: story of officer killed by sniper; use of periscopes; reaction to being under artillery fire; amusing story of toothache; description of going over top and advancing over No Man's Land; question of helping wounded friends; memory of sleeping in shell hole; rest periods out of line; transferred to 23rd Trench Mortar Bty; description of firing Stokes mortar; trench mortar crew; story of firing trench mortar at night; camouflage net; number of guns in Bty; opinion of officers; selection of targets; accuracy; range; opinion of Stokes mortar; story of being captured, 1918. Aspects of period as POW in Alsace area, 1918: description of living conditions in various camps in Alsace region; opinion of food; question of sabotaging machinery in workshops; story of food poisoning; work in salt mines.
REEL 3 Continues: relations with guards; reaction to Armistice, 11/1918; looting of camp; story of being posted to Egypt. Aspects of period with 2nd Bn Middlesex Regt in Egypt, 1919-1921: duties as doctor's assistant and medical orderly in Cairo; prevalence of venereal disease; relations with Egyptians; memories of Suez Canal; demobilised, 1921. Post-war life and employment.