British seaman served with Royal Navy aboard HMS Louvain, HMS Blenheim and HMS Redpole, 1917-1919, including sinking of HMS Louvain, 20/1/1918.
REEL 1: Aspects of training as seaman with Royal Navy, 1917: reasons for joining Royal Navy; description of enlistment and training in Portsmouth and Gosport including gunnery practise. Recollections of operations as seaman aboard HMS Louvain, HMS Blenheim and HMS Redpole, 1918-1919: drafted to HMS Louvain and description of ship; story of sinking of HMS Louvain in Aegean Sea by German U Boat, 20/1/1918; problem of darkness and memory of praying while in sea; description of rescue; drafted to HMS Blenheim and nature of duties in Aegean Sea including Dardanelles; memory of Christmas Day 1918; drafted to HMS Redpole and nature of duties; description of armaments and role carrying shells; memory of seeing wreck of SS River Clyde in Dardanelles; various memories of Turkey including Mudros.
REEL 2 Continues: description of naval uniforms; further description of sinking of HMS Louvain including memory of seeing number U-42 on submarine; further memories of seeing wreckage of SS River Clyde and other ships in Daradenelles. Aspects of demobilisation and post-war employment, 1920: returned to GB and demobilised, 3/1920; employment in foundry; reflections on period of naval service.