British schoolchild in Hull, GB, 1939-1945; seaman served aboard HMS Diana during Montebello Islands nuclear tests and in Red Sea during Suez landings, 1956
REEL 1 Recollections of period as schoolchild living in Hull, 1939-1945: abortive attempt to evacuate him to coast, c1941; bombs in Preston Road area; use of shelters; reaction to receiving a banana; community spirit; brief evacuation to Swindon; devastation in centre of Hull; failure of BBC to name Hull as target of bombing. Enlistment training as boy seaman at HMS Ganges, 1949: opinion of training; receiving five day's punishment; effects of discipline. Period as seaman aboard HMS Euryalus, 1952: reasons for drafting to ship; operating in Shatt-al-Arab during Abadan crisis. Recollections of operations as seaman aboard HMS Diana during nuclear testing on Montebello Islands and in Red Sea during Suez landings, 1956: character of two nuclear tests, 5/1956-6/1956.
REEL 2 Continues: effect of nuclear tests and deterioration of his health; sinking of Domiat during Suez Crisis, 31/10/1956; rescue of Egyptian survivors from Red Sea and their behaviour on board ship.