British NCO served with 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers in Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915-1916 and on Western Front, 1916-1917; POW in Germany, 1917-1918
REEL 1: Aspects of operations with 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers in Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915-1916: basic training at Dover barracks, GB; description of disembarking on X beach; location of Turks; description of evacuation from W beach in small boats; story of being attacked with darts dropped by German aircraft; sailed to Alexandria, Egypt and entrained to Port Suez for rest and refit; description of voyage to France via Suez Canal and Malta; disembarked Marseille, France, 3/1916. Aspects of operations with 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers on Western Front, 1916-1918: moved by train into Somme sector; billeted in farmhouse behind line; story of local farmers locking up water pumps; problem of not having gas masks; moved into front line at Beaumont Hamel; duties carrying ammunition and gas tanks up to front line; role in operations during Battle of the Somme, 1/Jul/1916: reached outskirts of Beaumont Hamel; problem of barbed wire not being cut by preliminary bombardment; description of 2nd Bn walking across no man’s land; carried ladders to cross German trenches; reached German barbed wire; wore diamond shaped discs on back for identification but fired on by own artillery; use of Bangalore torpedoes to break wire; returned to 2nd Bn HQ; casualties; story about leading night patrol along sunken road; moved to Caterpillar Valley sector; description of dugouts; story of meeting cousin and friends serving with North Staffordshire Entrenching Bn; story about death of next door neighbour; relieved by South African troops in Delville Wood; use of horse-drawn vehicles; story of leading night patrol in Monchy and encounter with British signal company; further training at Arras; posted to Ypres front; billeted in railway embankment near Menin Gate; question of German shelling following predictable timetable; description of gas mask; billeted in prison cell; description of casualties from gas attack; problem of finding fresh water; description of attack at Wassigny; story of being wounded by shrapnel while on night patrol and medical treatment.
REEL 2 Continues: admitted to Australian 3rd General Hospital; opinion of medical staff and treatment; role in operations during Battle of Cambrai, 11-12/1917; opinion of part played by tanks; story about friend going to dentist; description of German field kitchens; opinion of Germans; story about German officer; story of finding piano; conditions in town; story of taking rolls of cloth; problem of crossing Canal de St Quentin; story of finding German clothing and beer; ordered by officer to collect troops together; description of German counterattack, 3/1918; story of being taken prisoner at Masnieres, 1/Dec/1917. Aspects of period as POW in Germany, 1917-1918: interrogated by Prussians; description of conditions in POW camp at Dulmen; opinion of food; morale of German troops and officers; duties as NCO; allowed to go into town; description of cemetery for POWs near camp; reaction to end of war; attitude to being commissioned; story of emigration to US and return to GB in 1936; story about regimental reunion dinner; method of communication between trenches and observation posts; description of observation post; use of mirrors on sticks to observe German trenches; problem of snipers.