British NCO served with C Coy 17th Bn King's Liverpool Regt on Western Front, 1918
REEL 1: Background in Liverpool, GB: civilian employment with Gas Board; story of enlistment with 17th Bn King's Liverpool Regt in Liverpool, 1914; reason for joining Pals battalion; organisation of 17th Bn companies according to civilian professions; uniforms and drilling. Aspects of training with 17th Bn King's Liverpool Regt in GB, 1914-1915: description of basic training at Belton Park, Grantham; rumours of German invasion; memory of receiving silver badge from Lady Derby; description of weapons training; living conditions in camp; further training as Lewis gunner in York, 1916; reaction to casualties in 17th Bn during Battle of Somme; organisation of camp; baths; recreational activities in Grantham; physical training; further comments on training and opinion of instructors; comradeship; medical examination; story of death of friend on Western Front.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of operations with 17th Bn King's Liverpool Regt on Western Front, 1918: posted to France, 3/1918; memory of transport in cattle trucks; role as CSM instructor; position in reserve trenches description of shelling; posted back to GB. Aspects of period in GB, 1918: posted to School of Musketry, Hythe; reaction to news of Armistice, 11/11/1918; attitude to Germans; further memories of Grantham; pre-war service with Territorial Army; post-war reunions.