British seaman served aboard HMS Cornwall in Indian Ocean, 1940-1942 including sinking 4/1942; served aboard HMS Duncan and LST 164 in Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and English Channel, 1943-1945
REEL 1 Background in Brockham, 1922-1939: family; education. Period as civilian living in Brockham, 1939-1940: reaction to declaration of Second World War, 3/9/1939; German Air Force attacks on Brockham; commuting between Dorking and London. Recollections of operations aboard HMS Cornwall in Indian Ocean, 1940-1942: joining ship in Ceylon after training in Portsmouth; discipline on board; duties as stoker; his action station; sinking of Pinguin. Recollections of sinking of HMS Cornwall in Indian Ocean, 5/4/1942: character of sinking; refusal of non-swimmer South African rating to leave ship; survivors leave in Cape Town, South Africa; method used to stay afloat; problem of oil; warding off sharks.
REEL 2 Continues: survivor who went insane and died; false alarms; rescue of HMS Enterprise; wounds he received aboard ship. Aspects of operations with HMS Duncan in Indian Ocean: contrast between life on destroyer and cruiser; description of term 'divisions'; piping in a ship; his duties on board; escort duties; capture of cattle ship; transfer to LSTs. Recollections of operations with LST 164 in Mediterranean and during Normandy landings, 1943-1945: voyage from US to GB; discipline he was subjected to; D-Day landings on Juno Beach, 6/6/1944; landing at Taranto, 1943; damage his landing craft received; reasons for preference for carrying US troops; personal morale during landings; landings at Anzio.
REEL 3 Continues: reaction to calling off of Operation Zipper; character of landings he was involved in; life aboard LSTs. Attitude to having served with Royal Navy in Second World War.