British stoker served aboard submarines HMS Orpheus and HMS Perseus on China Station in Far East, 1934-1937; petty officer served aboard submarine HMS Seal in North Sea and Atlantic, 1939-1940. British stoker served aboard submarine HMS Trident in North Sea, 1939-1940
REEL 1 [Doran] Aspects of period as stoker with aboard submarines Orfias and Perseus on China Station, 1934-1939: reasons for and qualifications need to join Submarine Service, 1934; comradeship amongst ex-submariners; conditions on board submarines; receiving bathing facilities from surface vessels; rations; exercise. Aspects of operations as petty officer stoker aboard submarine HMS Seal in North Sea and Atlantic, 1939-1940: recall from Far East, 9/1939; patrol activities; mining of submarine in Kattegatt; surfacing of submarine and capture; reaction to mining; behaviour in action; ramming of submarine by Altmark; background to joining submarine. Aspects of period as petty officer with Submarine Service, 1945-1952: pattern of service.
REEL 2 Continues: contrast between pre-war and post-war submarine personnel; attempts to achieve pre-war standards on submarine HMS Totem; memories of period as POW in Germany, 1940-1945. Reflections on service with Submarine Service, 1934-1952: benefits of selection process; physical condition of crew. [Unknown] Aspects of operations as stoker aboard HMS Trident in North Sea, 1939-1940: reasons for joining Submarine Service, 1938; joining B Group reserve; joining submarine HMS Trident, 1939; hospitalisation for injuries, 9/1939; patrolling off Norway, 10/1939-11/1939; depth charging after successful attack on German shipping, 4/1940; story of accidentally knocking klaxon; background to leaving submarine, 12/1940.