British private served as Lewis gunner with 1/6th (City of London) Bn (Rifles) London Regt on Western Front, 1916-1918
REEL 1: Story of enlistment with 1/6th Bn London Regt, 1916; medical; posted to Winchester for training. Recollections of operations with 1/6th Bn London Regt on Western Front, 1916-1918: description of journey to France and arrival in camp at Etaples; moved to Rubembre; billets; description of role in attack on Rancourt, Somme area; question of fear; loss of friends; consolidated position; forward patrol in listening post; story of being gassed while on ration party; effects of gas; treatment; opinion of Germans and French; memory of aircraft and aerial warfare; description of living conditions in trenches; problem of mud; opinion of Douglas Haig; opinion of Australians and South Africans; attitude to arrival of American troops, 1917; opinion of officers.
REEL 2 Continues: story of being wounded by shrapnel during attack; medical treatment at dressing stations and base hospital in Rouen; posted back into line; problem of lice and lack of adequate washing and sanitary facilities; amusing story of wine; story of German sniper in Albert church tower; description of artillery barrage; hand to hand fighting; attitude to fear; question of bravery and medal awards; opinion of rations.
REEL 3 Continues: problem of transporting rations; use of petrol cans; iron rations; story of scrounger; memory of men from other areas of GB; opinion of Bantams; amusing story of latrine; memory of being wounded by shrapnel and death of friend; religious beliefs; story of dead Germans in shell hole; story of taking belt buckle from dead German; question of collecting souvenirs; attitude to Germans; story of death of brother in German POW camp.
REEL 4 Continues: end of story about brother.