British ammunition examiner served with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in GB, Germany, Egypt and Libya, 1950-1958; NCO served with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Northern Ireland, 1972. Civilian explosive officer with Metropolitan Police in London, 1973-1991
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1931-1950: family; education; memories of German Air Force raids on Greenwich. Recollections of period as ammunition examiner with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in GB and Germany, 1950-1953: call up for National Service, 1950; sight of accident with Spigot Mortar at Netheravon; training as ammunition examiner; posting to Germany, 1950; clearing of unexploded ammunition in Berlin, 1951; accidents during Berlin clearance work; incidents illustrating Russian suspicions; salvaging of tungsten carbide cores from German ammunition at Walsrode; decision to become regular, 1952; work in Germany, 1952-1953.
REEL 2 Continues: Recollections of period as ammunition examiner with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Egypt and Libya, 1954-1958: initial posting to Egypt, 1954; accident in Tobruk with children and Italian grenade; clearing minefields, 1957 disposal of abandoned Italian tank; visit to Arab factory salvaging ammunition and reaction to working practices; closing down of 9th Base Ammunition Depot in Canal Zone; unpredictable behaviour of ammunition during disposal; disposal of carpets of cordite, Egypt, 1954. Recollections of period as NCO with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Northern Ireland, 1972: background to posting to Northern Ireland, 1972; arrival in Belfast, 8/1972.
REEL 3 Continues: provision of four man infantry bodyguard; types of explosive devices encountered; incident when explosive found on football field; design of cigarette incendiaries; IRA's first use of RPG7 in Belfast, reasons why IRA dumped optical sights; problems dealing with car bombs; use of Torpex Candles on car bombs; use of machine gun on car bomb; dealing with light sensitive device in derelict house; method of dealing with IRA booby trap; occasion when he was blown up by a Torpex Candle when dealing with car bomb.
REEL 4 Continues: injuries received from Torpex Candle explosion; lessons learnt from incident; arrival of first Wheelbarrows in Belfast; reasons for not using Wheelbarrow in London. Recollections of period as civilian Explosive Officer with Metropolitan Police in London, 1973-1991: reasons for applying for job; reasons for increase in safe blowing incidents in London during 1960s; start of IRA mainland bomb campaign, 8/3/1973; discovery of car bomb near New Scotland Yard, 8/3/1973; dealing with carrier bag bomb at Baker Street Underground Station, 8/1973; question of complacent attitude of British public and military to bombs; over-reaction of authorities to bombs on British Rail; background to Hindawi bomb plot, 1986.
REEL 5 Continues: character of the Hindawi bomb; dealing with Hindawi bomb; dealing with Angry Brigade bomb at Paddington Green Police Station; sources used by terrorists for bomb making; question of morale amongst bomb disposal officers; attitude towards terrorists; reaction to loss of colleague Ken Howarth; defusing bomb in Debenhams Department Store; question of reliability of IRA codewords for placing bombs; attitude to incidents of terrorists who blow themselves up; ineptness of Iranian terrorists; further details of Hindawi bomb case.
REEL 6 Continues: development of device to simulate depressurized conditions in aircraft for checking air post packages; awards of George Medal and Member of the British Empire.