British private served with Royal Army Medical Corps in Northern Ireland, 1974; Army reservist served as private with Royal Army Medical Corps at 205 General Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. 1-3/1991; suffered from Gulf War Syndrome on return to GB, 1991-1995
REEL 1: Family background in Cornwall and London, 1947-1964; story of joining Army, 1964 and move from infantry to Royal Army Medical Corps. Aspects of operations with Royal Army Medical Corps in Northern Ireland, 1974: description of work in main interrogation centre in Belfast examining internees before and after interrogation; description of medical training and assessment; problem of not receiving training for counselling work during Gulf War, 1991; placed on Army Reserve, 1974. Aspects of period in GB, 1990: story of being called up for military service as reservist during crisis in the Gulf, 27/Dec/1990; question of age and reaction to being posted to Saudi Arabia. Aspects of period with Royal Army Medical Corps in GB, 1/1991: description of medical examination, inoculations and nuclear, biological and chemical training at Chester; story about formation of 205 General Hospital, 2/Jan/1991; problem of bad reaction to further course of nine injections; attitude to possible war in Gulf; description of journey to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 14/Jan/1991. Aspects of operations with Royal Army Medical Corps at 205 General Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1-3/1991: description of 205 General Hospital being built; story of final medical party arriving during Scud missile attack.
REEL 2 Continues: description of hospital and staff; story of lecture before deployment about Iraqi Scud missiles reaching Riyadh; description of first air attacks and Scud attacks; method of putting on NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) protective suit; further description of Scud attacks; description of Patriot missile defence shelters; type of symptoms shown by first intake of patients including respiratory problems; description of NAPS anti-nerve gas tablets taken by all soldiers and problem of side effects; description of counselling work and attitude to lack of adequate training; description of damage caused by Scud missiles; story of counselling British soldiers involved in US friendly fire incident and reaction of platoon commander; problem of experiencing extreme reaction to further course of injections, 28/Jan/1991.
REEL 3 Continues: reads extracts from letters to wife about medical condition; description of medical tests; possible reasons for illness including chemicals, injections and NAP tablets; problem of false alarms about chemical attacks; story of being sacked by Post Office while on active service in the Gulf and subsequent legal battle to be reinstated; problem of finding civilian employment due to medical condition; effect of illness on work during Gulf War; story of evacuating patients to GB and providing counselling; attitude to work with allied casualties released from Iraq; description of medical system during Gulf War; opinion of living conditions in Riyadh.
REEL 4 Continues: regulations and fines regarding consumption of alcohol; attitude to restrictions working in Islamic country; comparison of living conditions for US and British troops; effect of ‘friendly fire’ casualties on relations between US and British troops; story of re-fuelling flight to Iraqi border; description of scientific and technical nature of Gulf War; reason for changing attitude to Allied war aims during war; problem of contamination from oil fire pollution; access to media during war; importance of receiving letters from family; story of daughter’s primary school sending mural painted by children being displayed in hospital; opinion of support for wives of Gulf War reservists; story about suicide case; reaction to end of war and hospital drips and medicines being poured down drains; story of repatriation after two and a half months service.
REEL 5 Continues: description of journey via Cyprus to RAF Brize Norton, GB, 3/1991; opinion of treatment by Army of reservists on return; description of demobilisation procedure; story of inadvertently signing on for another four years’ service. Aspects of period in GB, 1991-1995: problem of adjustment to civilian life and continuing illness; story of suffering nervous breakdown and treatment at Woolwich Military Hospital, 4/1994; problem of losing use of right arm and reaction to diagnosis by Army doctor; opinion of work of Trauma After Care Trust (TACT); question of Army and MoD denying responsibility for ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ and examples of similar cases in other countries; comparison of treatment of Gulf War veterans by US and British governments; story of finding evidence to prove that Gulf War veterans were used in experimental tests for NAP drugs; effect of illness on family; consequences of women soldiers contracting Gulf War Syndrome; quotes from US report about effects of chemical agents.
REEL 6 Continues: quotes from various US sources about damaging effects of NAP drugs; problem of veterans proving service in Gulf War caused illness; attitude to response of MoD; number of deaths and suicides attributed to Gulf War Syndrome; importance of research into Gulf War Syndrome in US; reason for believing phone is tapped and mail intercepted; importance of media coverage for case; opinion of John Schofield; problem of broken marriages due to Gulf War Syndrome; reaction to treatment by MoD and British Government.