British NCO served with Royal Marines during Normandy landings, France, 6/1944; served with Artillery Bty, Royal West African Frontier Force in Burma, 1945
REEL 1 Background in GB, 1924-1942: family; education; employment as miner. Aspects of period as NCO with Royal Marines in GB: enlistment in Royal Marines, 1942; character of Royal Marine training; sinking of landing craft during D-Day, 6/6/1944. Aspects of period as bombardier with Artillery Battery, Royal West African Frontier Force in Burma and GB, 1945-1947: move to Burma after training with Royal Artillery; relations with officers; refusal to become battery sergeant-major; attitude of West Africans to end of war; return to GB. Return to civilian life after 1947 including making cakes. Family's war experiences. Aspects of period as bombardier with Royal West African Frontier Force in Burma, 1945: story of first flight to Ramree Island, Burma; relations with West African troops.
REEL 2 Continues: Details of life during 1930s.