British private served with 19th Bn, Royal Fusiliers in GB and Western Front, 1914-1915; served with Royal Flying Corps in GB and Western Front, 1916-1918
REEL 1 Background in Long Buckby, 1893-1914: social circumstances; village lifestyle. Various aspects of recruitment and training with 19th Bn, Royal Fusiliers in GB, 1914-1916: composition of 98th Bde; ability to pick good billets; story of inspection by French VIP. Crossing aboard Arundel Castle to France, 11/1915. Various aspects of period in line in Bethune area, ca 1915-1916: move into line in Hulloch sector, 11/1915; stories of reconnaissance patrols in No Mans Land including identification of German observation post and close escape from German grenade; selection for training as officer; initial rejection on application for commission in Royal Flying Corps.
REEL 2 Various aspects of training and postings with RFC, 1916-1918: learning to fly Maurice Farman at Castle Bromwich; acting as instructor using Avro 504 K; formation of 55 Sqdn, RFC and equipment with DH4; service on Western Front, 1917-1918. Inter-war work with tote gambling business, 1919-1939. Service with RAF, 1939-1945. Various aspects of life: holidays in Edinburgh, ca 1903; rugby activities.