British officer served with 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers, 28th Commonwealth Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1951-1952
REEL 1 Background in Kelso area, GB, 1931-1950: family circumstances; education. Aspects of National Service training in GB, 1950: character of training at Fort George; experiences at War Office Selection Board, summer 1950; infantry training at Eaton Hall; reaction of Black Watch officer to his request for commission in King's Own Scottish Borderers. Aspects of period as officer with 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers in Hong Kong, 1950-1951: character of voyage from GB to Hong Kong; role of unit at Fan Ling; penetration of refugees from China to Hong Kong; news that unit was to relieve 1st Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Korea; his treatment for 'Hong Kong sickness'. Recollections of operations as officer with 7 Platoon, C Coy, 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers, 28th Commonwealth Infantry Bde, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1951-1952: landing with Bren gun carriers at Inchon; generosity of US troops, 4/1951; character of welcome at unit, 4/1951; destruction of Bren gun carriers; problems liaising with US troops; Australian acquisition of US jeeps; Korean weather; evading Chinese mortar fire.
REEL 2 Continues: learning to dig in; reasons why National Service officers did well in Korea; climbing steep hills in hot weather; type of grenades used by Chinese; question of which unit took Hill 355; reaction to first casualties; attitude towards peace talks; unit defences, 10/1951-11/1951; anticipations of Chinese attack, 10/1951-11/1951; Chinese hit on unit observation post by self- propelled gun, 11/1951; question of difference formation of Commonwealth Div made; reconnaissance patrol of Korean village; equipment carried by Chinese infantrymen; question of failure to take imminent Chinese offensive seriously; start of Chinese mass attack, 5/11/1951; wounding of Barney Henderson; threat from United Nations' artillery; wounding of Joe Piper, 5/11/1951.
REEL 3 Continues: orders to extract his platoon from Hill 355; method of extracting platoon; condition he was in on arrival back at battalion headquarters; evacuation to US field hospital; period of hospitalisation in Japan, 11/1951-1/1952; state of Japan; return to Korea late. 1/1952; rationing of Centurion tank shells; problems of calling in US air strikes; coping with winter weather; daily foot inspection; loss of skin off hands on jerricans; leaving Korea for Hong Kong, spring 1952. Banking career in Asia from 1954. Attitude to having served with 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers in Korea.
REEL 4 Continues: Attitude to having done National Service. Memories of Bill Speakman VC. Attitude towards Chinese troops.