British civilian apprentice fitter with Harfield & Co in Blaydon, GB, 1916-1919
REEL 1 Background in Blaydon, GB, 1900-1916: family; education; memories of outbreak of First World War, 8/1914; military recruitment in local area; father's military service during First World War; death of father; reason for studying engineering. Recollections of period as apprentice fitter with Harfield & Co in Blaydon, GB, 1916-1918: story of obtaining five year apprenticeship and terms of employment; pay; description of general duties and making engine parts for ships on shaping machine; daily routine; food; question of protective clothing; working hours; description of night school classes in engineering; religious beliefs; recreational activities.
REEL 2 Continues: membership of Boys' Club; sporting activities; description of operating lathe and question of skill; nature of parts produced on lathe; organisation of workforce; memories of manager and foreman; factory inspections; membership of union; meetings and role of union; question of holidays; story of accident on shaping machine; story of being call-up for military service and medical board, 9/1918; attitude to role of women in factory; description of work in fitting shop; assembly of ship's engines.
REEL 3 Continues: further details of assembly of engines; use of hand file to make corrections; attitude to work in fitting shop; reaction to news of Armistice, 11/11/1918. Aspects of post-war life and employment: story of continuing to work in factory until closure, 1921; employment as fitter at Vickers-Armstrongs 1939-1945; nature of work on anti-aircraft guns; working conditions; union activity; duties as Air Raid Warden.