British NCO served as gunner with Royal Garrison Artillery on Western Front, 1914-1918
REEL1: Aspects of pre-war service with Royal Garrison Artillery in GB, 1914. Recollections of operations as gunner with Royal Garrison Artillery on Western Front, 1914-1918: description of operations in Poperinghe and Ypres sectors, 1914; terrain; role during retreat from Mons and actions on River Aisne, 8-9/1914; use of Belgian barges as bridges; attached to various divisions; billets in farmhouse; amusing story of Boer War gun; description of loading and firing trench mortar; attached to Barrage Bde commanded by Lord Desmond Fitzgerald; attached to trench mortar coy; type of ammunition; story of officer directing trench mortar fire; description of operations with Canadian troops on Hill 60, Belgium; moved to Somme area, France, 1916; description of conditions; strategic importance of High Wood, Trones Wood and Delville Wood; nature of fighting in High Wood; relieved French troops near Swiss border; description of battery being shelled; loss of guns and casualties; comparison of 4.7-inch and Canadian 60-pounder guns; moved to Belgian front, 1918;story of Belgian farmer spying for Germans; opinion of Belgians; description of trenches and breastworks; problem of trenches flooding; question of sharing rations when attached to Gds Bde amusing story of Irish guardsmen and rum ration; relations with infantry units; story of officer killed during trench mortar demonstration; problem of no change of clothes for ten months; memory of rotten puttees; reason for trench mortar batteries nicknamed 'suicide club'; comradeship; story of guardsman sniper killed in trench; effects of gas; recreational activities out of line including estaminets.
REEL 2 Continues: story of fight between American and Scottish troops on bridge at Etaples; communications with home; problem of shortage of heavy artillery; description of firing Canadian 60-pounder guns; story of being wounded in jaw, 1918; description of medical treatment at Advanced Dressing Station and base hospital, Boulogne; problem of being unable to talk; amusing story of doctors; story of Hampshire Regt; opinion of French troops; description of medical treatment and operation on jaw in GB; description of conditions in Happy Valley, Somme; story of horse trough shelled; attitude to survival; amusing story of Gunner Hunter.
REEL 3 Continues: aerial activity and observation balloons; memory of the 'Mad Major; story of Belgian spies in church tower.