British sapper served with B Troop, 71st Field Sqdn, Royal Engineers on Montebello Islands, Australia, 1952; civilian member of British Nuclear Test Veterans Association in GB, 1983-1992
REEL 1 Background in St Helens, GB and India, 1932-1948: family; education; enlistment in British Army, 1948. Recollections of period as sapper with B Troop, 71st Field Sqdn, Royal Engineers on Montebello Islands, Australia, 1952: voyage aboard LST 3532/HMS Zeebrugge from GB to Montebello Islands 2/1952; role of Royal Engineers on Montebello Islands; work of mechanical effects team; living conditions on Montebello Islands; recreational activities; drowning accident on Cocos Islands; unit officers; lack of information about effects of nuclear explosions; character of nuclear test, 3/10/1952.
REEL 2 Continues: sight of radioactive cloud after test, 3/10/1952; lack of protection during tests. Recollections of membership of British Nuclear Test Veterans Association in GB, 1983-1992: problems with health; contacting association; nature of his health problems; role as vice-chairman of association; concern over health of children of test veterans; degree of progress made by association campaign; accidental death of comrade Frank Furlong on Hermite Island after test, 1952; his return to Montebello Islands to hold memorial service for Frank Furlong.