British officer served with 156th and 162nd Bdes Royal Field Artillery on Western Front, 1915-1916 and 1917-1918
REEL 1: Memories of pre-war skiing holidays and social life in GB and Europe, 1912-1914.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of period with Honourable Artillery Company and Royal Field Artillery in GB, 1914-1915: mobilised as regimental sergeant-major at outbreak of war, 8/1914; posted to South-Eastern Bde, Canterbury; drill and training; role of Territorial Army; question of volunteering for overseas service; commissioned 2nd Lieutenant ; re-commissioned as captain with Royal Artillery and posted to Camberwell; description of role in recruitment and training new recruits; types of artillery; training of signallers; appointment of NCOs; use of black horses; training of horses and gun teams; posted to Salisbury Plain; barracks in Woolford; description of camp; accommodation; problem of cold weather.
REEL 3 Continues: training with live ammunition; horses issued with frost nails; embarkation of guns and horses from Southampton; description of voyage to Harfleur, France, 11/1915. Recollections of operations with B Bty156th Bde Royal Field Artillery on Western Front, 1915-1916: camp at Harfleur; entrained on cattle trucks; billets on farm; memory of playing gramophone; moved to new billets; attached to 70th Field Bty, Bethune-La Bassee Canal area; memories of Christmas 1915; description of billets; amusing story of gas mask; daily routine and duties; description of observation posts in brickyards; proximity of German trenches; use of canaries in tunnels; terrain in La Bassee Canal area; trench raids; box barrage; communications; messing arrangements; story of batman.
REEL 4 Continues: further memories of batman; memory of hearing preparatory artillery barrage on Somme, 6/1916; marched to Somme area; memory of seeing British and Indian cavalry units; reconnaissance in Death Valley, Mametz Wood; conditions in trenches; location of B Bty 156th Bde in High Wood sector; problem of moving guns; role as Forward Observation Officer; description of being wounded by shell and medical treatment; posted back to GB for further treatment. Aspects of period in GB and Ireland, 1916-1917: description of No 1 General Hospital; memory of Zeppelin raid; convalescence; story of trousers; description of journey to Cork, Ireland; accommodation; various memories of local civilians.
REEL 5 Continues: daily life and living conditions; description of barracks at Ballycorrie; role as Gas Officer; gas masks; amusing story of foot inspection; posted to transit camp in Dublin, 1917; opinion of food and living conditions; story of billets in Athlone.
REEL 6 Continues: memories of Irish nationalist activities in Athlone. Aspects of operations with 156th and 162nd Bdes Royal Field Artillery on Western Front, 1917-1918: posted C Bty 156th Bde and duties; posted to command D Bty 162nd Bde; co-operation with aircraft; location of Bty on Ypres Salient, Belgium; opinion of American troops; description of night marches; care of horses; memory of seeing tank; weather conditions; story of horse caught in barbed wire; location of Bty; memory of statue of Golden Virgin in Albert, Somme, France; description of terrain in River Selle area.
REEL 7 Continues: summary of movements of Bty, 7-9/1918; opinion of American troops and commanders; problem of moving gun teams over bridge; posted to Bde HQ; story of contracting influenza and sick leave in Nice and Paris, 10-11/1918; memories of Armistice celebrations in Paris, 11/1918; returned to Bty; daily routine and activities; memories of Christmas, 1918.
REEL 8 Continues: description of demobilisation procedure; command pay; problem with wounded arm and medical treatment; story of journey back to GB, 1919. Aspects of period in GB, 1919: description of further medical treatment and convalescence. Post-war life and employment: story of visiting Germany in 1930s.
REEL 9 Continues: various memories of visits to Germany and daily life in GB; story of V1 attack on house during Second World War.
REEL 10 Continues: description of activities with Home Guard during Second World War.