British civilian in Harrow, Bath and Woking, GB, 1939-1945; wife of British Army officer in Egypt, 1950-1953
REEL 1: Background in Somerset, GB, 1908-1939: family; various childhood memories of First World War, 1914-1918; marriage; husband called up at outbreak of war, 1939; political beliefs. Aspects of period in Harrow, Bath and Woking, GB, 1939-1945: description of home in Harrow, Middlesex; price of house; story of hearing news of outbreak of war, 9/1939; children; memory of cold winter; description of gas mask; blackout curtains; family allowance from husband's army pay; air raid precautions and shelters; memories of Christmas, 1939; moved to live with parents in Bath, 1940; living conditions; rationing; employment in photography studio.
REEL 2 Continues: story of visit to Shepton Mallet; memory of air raids on Bath and Bristol; awareness of war and possible invasion; attitude to fear; food rationing; homemade jam; description of house in Woking, Surrey, 1941; grew own vegetables; husband's Irish family; effects of food rationing; wartime diet; kept rabbits and hens in garden.
REEL 3 Continues: effects of fuel and clothes rationing; made own clothes; coal and wood supplies; soap and detergents; lack of domestic appliances; husband's wartime service; birth of son Andrew, 1944; story of seeing V1 flying bomb; awareness of progress of war; opinion of double summer time; recreational activities.
REEL 4 Continues: description of work in photographer's studio; postal service; transport; VE Day celebrations, 5/1945; story of husband's injury and return home.
REEL 5 Continues: Aspects of period in Egypt, 1950-1953: husband posted to Egypt with Pioneer Corps; description of voyage to Egypt, 4/1950; accommodation in Ismailia; relations with local civilians; children learned Arabic; domestic servants; daily life and living conditions; children's education at army school; use of English names in army camp at Moascar; security; opinion of food; clothing; climate; fans; moved to Tel-el-Kebir, 1951; use of mosquito nets.
REEL 6 Continues: description of living conditions and accommodation in Tel-el-Kebir; opinion of food and messing arrangements; attitude to role as army officer's wife; question of rank and class; employment with Royal Army Chaplains' Department; duties and working hours; story of visiting cousin's grave in Ismailia; social life; attitude to Egyptian nationalism; alcoholism among army wives.
REEL 7 Continues: relations between army and local population; returned to Moascar; living conditions; cooking facilities; story of Centurion tanks; health of children; climate; period in transit camps; weather conditions and problem of heat; reaction to death of King George VI, 1952; story of return to GB, 10/1953.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.