British midshipman served aboard HMS Agamemnon, 5th Battle Sqdn in Mediterranean and Dardanelles, 1914-1915; officer served aboard HMS Raccoon, 5th Destroyer Flotilla in Mediterranean, 1916-1917; served aboard HMS Sylph, 10th Destroyer Flotilla in North Sea, 1917-1918; served as naval attache in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden, 1940-1945
REEL 1 Recollections of operations as midshipman aboard HMS Agamemnon, 5th Battle Sqdn in Mediterranean and Dardanelles, 1914-1915: characteristics of ship; reaction to declaration of First World War, 4/8/1914; bombardment work at Dardanelles, 1915; damage to ship off Dardanelles; threat of German U-boats in Dardanelles, 1915; opinion of Australian troops carried on board; his opinions about the strategy and progress of Dardanelles campaign; landings at Sulva Bay, 8/1915; question of keeping midshipman's diary; attitude to going up into the crow's nest; casualties on board.
REEL 2 Continues: coaling ship during Dardanelles campaign; calling off of Dardanelles campaign, late 1915; protection of battleships with steel nets. Aspects of operations as sub-lieutenant aboard HMS Raccoon, 5th Destroyer Flotilla in Mediterranean, 1916-1917: character of ship; accidental shooting down of Royal Naval Air Service reconnaissance aircraft, 1916; sinking of German U-boat, 1916; living aboard ship; problems of coaling ships; role of coxwain; discipline and harmony on board; reasons for withdrawal of flotilla from Mediterranean; fate of HMS Raccoon after he left her. Recollections of operations as officer aboard HMS Sylph, 10th Destroyer Flotilla in North Sea, 1917-1918: switch to oil burners; joining ship; convoy escort duties in North Sea; character of Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt; pattern of immediate post-war career.
REEL 3 Continues: organisation of convoys from Harwich; supporting role during Zeebrugge raid; escorting surrendered U-boats into Harwich; attitude towards U-boat crews. Recollections of period as naval attache in Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden, 1940-1945: background to appointment; imprisonment and release by Germans in Copenhagen, 4/1940; problems getting to Sweden, 1940; German entry into Denmark, 4/1940; his release from German captivity in Denmark, 4/1940; attitude of Swedes towards belligerents.
REEL 4 Continues: relations between different navies prior to Second World War; character of ballbearing run into Sweden; memories of Eric Williams and David James.