British sapper served with Royal Engineers during nuclear tests on Christmas Island, 1957
REEL 1 Background in Woking, 1938-1955: family; education; enlistment in Royal Engineers at Surbiton, 1955. Recollections of period as sapper with Royal Engineers on Christmas Island, 1957: posting to island, 1/1957; his duties at Main and Port Camps; reason for receiving no leave; leisure activities; question of boredom for personnel; degree of contact with Christmas Islanders; animal life on islands; spraying of chemicals to keep insects down; stings from sting rays; execution of Malden Island tests.
REEL 2 Continues: dysentery problems amongst troops; problems he has had with melanoma and ulcer; state of his children's health; involvement and activities with British Nuclear Test Veterans' Association.
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.