British NCO served with 2nd Bn Somerset Light Infantry in India 1936-1944; served with King's Shropshire Light Infantry, GB, 1945-1946; served with 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry in India, 1947-1948
REEL 1 Background in Mere, Dorset, 1914-1933: family and education; employment. Period with Somerset Light Infantry, GB, 1933-1936: joining army, 5/1933; basic training, Taunton; posting to 2nd Bn SLI, Blackdown. Recollections of period with A Coy, 3 Platoon, 2nd Bn SLI, India, 1936-1940: posting to Poona, C 1936; building camps for German POWs; posting to Multan and then Kohat for mountain warfare training; road construction and protection duties on North West Frontier, near Bannu c 1939; cut of by monsoon floods, near Bannu; British soldiers defensive measures on Frontier; sniper called '10 to 8 Charlie' and how Gurkhas dealt with him, aspects of road construction. Period as instructor, Officer Cadet Training School, Bangalore, 1940-1944: weapons instruction including bayonet instruction. REEL 2 Continues: riot duty in Poona during intercommunal riots, 1937- 1938; story of meeting wife in Bangalore; return to GB after civilian complaints regarding troops stranded in India for long periods. Period with King's Shropshire Light Infantry, GB, c 1945. Period with 1st Bn SLI, India, 1947-1948: role as regimental quarter master sergeant of 1st SLI, Deolali, c 1947; incident when he and comrades ran into angry crowd after assassination of Gandhi, Bombay, 1948; attitude to Indian Independence, 1947; how SLI were last troops to leave India, 28/2/1948.