British schoolchild in Hull, GB, 1939-1945; sapper served with Royal Engineers after nuclear tests on Christmas Island, 1958-1959
REEL 1 Recollections of childhood in Hull, 1939-1945: German Air Force bombing of city, 1941; schoolboys collecting Shrapnel after landmine; question of why he was not evacuated. Period of National Service with Royal Engineers in GB, 2/1958-10/1958: call up, 2/1958; reaction to being placed in army when he was a trained aircraft fitter; nature of training. Journey from GB to Christmas Island via Iceland and USA on board Bristol Britannia, ca 10/1958. Recollections of period with Royal Engineers on Christmas Island, 1958-1959: attitude to posting; acclimatisation; dealing with pests; manual work on construction sites; last nuclear test which occurred a few weeks before he arrived, ca 9/1958; presence of Gilbert and Ellis islanders and regulation of relations between them and British troops; infestation of land crabs; question of medical effects of service on Christmas Island. Joining British Nuclear Test Veterans Association, Hull, 1990.
REEL 2 Continues: state of health of other test veterans; activities of BNTVA. Organised visit to site of where bomb exploded, Christmas Island, 1958: effects of mid air explosion. Prince Phillips's visit to Christmas Island.