British private served with 52nd and 23rd Bns Royal Fusiliers in GB and Germany, 1918-1919; served with 9th Bn East Surrey Regt in Germany, 1919
REEL 1 Background in London, 1900-1914: family and living conditions; role of charitable societies; education; recreational activities including cinema and music halls; holidays; employment; reaction to outbreak of war, 8/1914. Aspects of period in London, 1914-1918: description of recruitment meetings; attitude to brother being conscientious objector; question of support for war; anti-German feeling.
REEL 2 Continues: attitude to attacks on German premises; problem of having German-sounding name; employment in munitions and making splints and crutches; hours and pay; food rationing; memories of Zeppelin raids and seeing Zeppelins shot down; recreational activities; story of death of brother at Jutland, 1916; reason for volunteering under Derby Scheme, 1917; enlisted at Mill Hill barracks, London, 5/1918; posted to Cannock Chase for basic training. Aspects of training with Royal Fusiliers in GB, 6/1918-2/1919: attitude to army life and discipline; drill and physical training; story of sergeant-major.
REEL 3 Continues: relations with NCOs and other recruits; accommodation; food; posted to 52nd Training Bn Royal Fusiliers, Newmarket, 6/1918; accommodation in stables; washing facilities; opinion of food; recreational activities including concert parties; route marches; problem of contracting flu; bayonet drill; bomb throwing; tactical exercises; opinion of training; attitude to Germans; rifle practice; problem of poor eyesight; reaction to news of Armistice, 11/1918.
REEL 4 Continues: story of parade through London and review by King George V in Hyde Park; story of being posted to Cologne, Germany, 2/1919. Aspects of period with 23rd Bn Royal Fusiliers and 9th Bn East Surrey Regt in Germany, 2-11/1919: attitude to being posted overseas; accommodation; rations; description of daily routine and duties; co-operation with German railway police; story of fight between British soldiers and German civilians; food shortages and black market activities; posted to 9th Bn East Surrey Regt.