Irish private served with 1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles, 29th British Infantry Bde in Korea, 1950-1951; POW in North Korea, 1951-1953
REEL 1 Background in Ireland, 1931-1949: family; education; memories of Second World War. Period with British Army in GB, 1949-1950: reasons for joining army in Belfast, 3/1949; basic training at Ballykinlar, 1949; plight of reservists recalled to army service. Recollections of operations with 1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles, 29th British Infantry Bde in Korea, 1950-1951: voyage from GB to Korea; arrival in Pusan, 11/1950; sight of US wounded at Pusan; anti-guerilla patrols at Suwon; role with Headquarters Coy; importance of preventing Centurion tanks falling into Communist hands, 12/1950; listening to Australian radio; move into Happy Valley, 1/1951.
REEL 2 Continues: loss of unit patrol in Happy Valley, 3/1/1951; character of fighting in Happy Valley, 1/1951; capture by Chinese, 1/1951. Recollections of POW trek into North Korea, 1951: apprehension about being shot; sheltering in Korean villages; protection of POWs by guards from Korean civilians; Chinese fear of aircraft. Recollections of period as POW at Camp 5 in North Korea, 1951-1953: arrival in camp on River Yalu; escape attempts by US personnel; POW reaction to Chinese indoctrination sessions; Olympic games in camp, summer 1952; medical problems.
REEL 3 Continues: western Communist visitors; reaction to waiting for news of release; process of release at Panmunjom. Attitude to having served with 1st Bn Royal Ulster Rifles in Korea. Reaction to being potential to being called up as a reservist during Suez crisis, 1956. Question of plight of reservists, 10/1950.