British naval airman trained with Fleet Air Arm at HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent and HMS St Vincent, Gosport in GB, 1942-1943; trained as pilot with Fleet Air Arm in GB and Canada, 1943-1945; civilian planter and auxiliary police officer with Royal Federation of Malaya Police in Malaya, 1948-1957
REEL 1 Background in Malaya and GB, 1924-1942: family life in Malaya; education in GB; father's internment in Malaya during Japanese Occupation; shooting and riding activities; membership of Home Guard on Dartmoor. Aspects of enlistment and training with Fleet Air Arm at HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent, 1942- 1943: selection process for Y Scheme at Bristol, call up to HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent 12/1942; origins of recruits; quality of food; amusing encounter with Chief Petty Officer. REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of training as naval airman at HMS St Vincent, Gosport, 1943: memories of Chief Petty Officer Wilmott; sending washing to mother; move to HMS St Vincent; contrast between treatment at HMS Daedalus and HMS St Vincent; status of Y Scheme; instructors; story of obtaining Distinguished Service Order for Fleet Air Arm Museum; pattern of instruction; instruction in how to scrub table; incident when he attempted to obtain second breakfast; receiving pay; opinion of instructors; attempt to find Chief Petty Officer Wilmott's grave. Aspects of flying training as naval airman and officer with Fleet Air Arm in GB and Canada, 1943-1945: start of flying training at RAF Elmden. REEL 3 Continues: recruit who could not judge height; night flying; voyage aboard Queen Mary from GB to Canada; promotion to petty officer after flying training in Canada; leave in US; commissioning in GB; deck landing training. Aspects of period as pilot with Communications Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1945-1946: background to appointment; passing driving test. Aspects of period as planter and auxiliary police officer with Federation of Malaya Police Force in Malaya, 1948-1957: background to becoming planter in Malaya; REEL 4 Continues: joining auxiliary police force; incident of shooting rhino without licence; move to Kereh; story of joining Federation of Malaya Police Association; marriage, 1952; attending elephant taming ceremony; attending Independence ceremony; return voyage to GB via New Zealand. REEL 5 Continues: Aspects of period as civilian in GB, from 1957: inheritance; taking over farm; foster care activities; personal details; hobbies and interests including period as riding instructor to Royal Navy.