British boy seaman served aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in GB coastal waters, 1915; seaman served aboard HMS Warspite in GB coastal waters and North Sea, 1916-1918, including Battle of Jutland, 5/1916
REEL Background in Belfast, 1898-1914: family; daily life and living conditions; education; employment; memory of outbreak of war, 4/Aug/1914; reason for joining Royal Navy, 3/1915.Aspects of training as boy seaman in GB, 1915: posted to training ship HMS Ganges, 6-9/1915; accommodation and sleeping arrangements; issued with kit and uniform; opinion of food; physical training and drill; development of seamanship skills; attitude to naval life and discipline; relations with other recruits; opinion of instructors; recreational activities; posted to HMS Queen Elizabeth at Scapa Flow, 9/1915;. Aspects of operations as boy seaman aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth: description of ship and accommodation; messing arrangements; pay; daily routine; scrubbing decks; duty watches; action station in gun turret and role as No.2 breech loader; description of gun firing and noise; organisation of gun team; posted to HMS Warspite, 9/1916.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of operations as seaman aboard HMS Warspite, 1916-1918: comparison of Queen Elizabeth and Warspite; description of role as No 2 breech loader in X turret during Battle of Jutland, 5/1916; question of fear; damage to Warspite and repairs; reaction to outcome of Battle; daily routine at Scapa Flow and Rosyth; shore leave and recreational activities; morale aboard Warspite. Post-war naval service including role as Lord Mountbatten's chauffeur; opinion of Mountbatten. Aspects of period in naval recruitment office in GB, 1939-1945: role in charge of medical examination of recruits at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; opinion of recruits; methods of recruitment.