British NCO served with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Germany and Hong Kong, 1958-1964; served with Royal Electrical And Mechanical Engineers attached to 88 Bty, 4th Field Regt, Royal Artillery during Indonesian Confrontation, 1965
REEL 1 Background in Weymouth, 1939-1954: family; education; enlistment as boy apprentice in Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 1954. Aspects of period as fitter with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Germany, 1958 1961: postings; relations between troops and German civilians. Aspects of period as NCO with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Hong Kong, 1961-1964: voyage from GB to Hong Kong aboard TTS Oxfordshire; popularity of posting; refugees entering colony from China. Recollections of operations as NCO with Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to 88 Bty, 4th Field Regt, Royal Engineers during Indonesian Confrontation, 1965: attitude to unit to posting; story how he was put on a charge after bringing back comrade who was absent without leave; journey to Borneo via Singapore, then to border region.
REEL 2 Continues: transport by helicopter to jungle base; story of retaliation of Gurkha NCO whose brother had been beheaded by Indonesians; manning jungle post; role looking after 105mm Pack Howitzers at Barrio; helicopter flights he was granted by commanding officer of Gurkha unit; amusing incident with RAF pilot ; celebration of anniversary of D-Day, 6/6/1965; reaction of troops to display of firepower for visit by reporter.
REEL 3 Continues: Gurkha methods used against Indonesians; operation to set up artillery piece in jungle; how he nearly opened fire on his commanding officer; effectiveness of shelling Indonesian camp, c7/1965; living conditions in Sarawak.