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 explosives officer with Metropolitan Police in London, GB, 1973-1991
REEL 1 Background in Greenwich, London, GB, 1931-1950: family; education; memories of German Air Force raids on Greenwich, London during Second World War. 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, GB; training as ammunition examiner; posting to Germany, 1950; clearing of unexploded ammunition and accidents in Berlin, Germany, 1951; incidents illustrating Soviet suspicions of work; salvaging of tungsten carbide cores from German ammunition at Walsrode, Germany; decision to become regular serviceman, 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 involving children and Italian grenade in Tobruk, Libya; 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, Egypt, 1954; 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 was found on football field; design of cigarette incendiary devices; Irish Republican (IRA)'s first use of RPG7 explosive in Belfast; reasons why Irish Republican (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 Irish Republican (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 Bomb Disposal Robot in Belfast, 1972; reasons for not using Wheelbarrow Bomb Disposal Robot in London. Recollections of period as civilian Explosives Officer with Metropolitan Police in London, GB, 1973-1991: reasons for applying for job; reasons for increase in safe blowing incidents in London during 1960s; start of Irish Republican Army (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; overreaction of authorities to bombs on British Rail; background to Hindawi bomb plot, 4/1986.
REEL 5 Continues: character of the Hindawi bomb; dealing with Hindawi bomb, 4/1986; 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 Howorth, 26/10/1981; defusing bomb in Debenhams Department Store; question of reliability of Irish Republican Army (IRA) codewords for placing bombs; attitude to incidents of terrorists who blow themselves up; ineptness of Iranian terrorists; further details of Hindawi bomb case, 4/1986.
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.