British cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, GB and West Indies, 1961-1962; midshipman served with HMS Lion in GB and Far East, 1962-1963; midshipman and officer served with Royal Navy in GB, 1963-1964; officer served with HMS Wilkieston in Singapore and during the Indonesian Confrontation, 1965-1966
REEL 1 Background in Ceylon, Singapore and GB, 1943-1961: reason for move to Ceylon; memories of childhood; move to and life in Widnes; education in Liverpool; background to decision to join Royal Navy; formation and membership of navy section of Combinded Cadet Force at school including visits to naval bases and ships; reading about navy; memories of parents including father's experiences in Changi Jail, 1945; navy medical and interview in London; reactions to receiving call-up; clothes bought for start of service; journey to Dartmouth. Aspects of period as cadet at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, GB and West Indies, 1961-1962: first impressions of Dartmouth.
REEL 2 Continues: reception and events on arrival; details of college; description of barrack room; NCO in barrack room; issue and storage of kit; discipline; first tour of college; morning procedures including physical training and breakfast; sailing training; effect of training; details of cadet cruise to West Indies including sunburn and story of riot attended; results of cadet cruise including accommodation and duties; lessons and tricks learned including making of hot chocolate; reactions to cruise.
REEL 3 Continues: subsequent summer term; memories of tutor, Ken Armstead including gaining of posting to HMS Lion. Aspects of period as midshipman onboard HMS Lion in GB and Far East, 1962-1963: memories of fellow cadets; details of accommodation and ship; batman; conditions of service; role in mess; pattern of training; voyage to Portland including memories of navigator; reception on arrival at Portland; details of work-up; watches; Cuban Missile Crisis, 10/1962; activities of Royal Marine band; story of HMS Lion reunion before embarkation; status and history of ship; escape and evasive exercise; opinion of training; arrival in Malta; alcohol; relationship with local woman; Christmas 1962 including cooking duties and drunkenness.
REEL 4 Continues: talk with captain about drunkenness, 26/12/1962; issue and opinion of rum ration; story of inspection; voyage along Suez Canal; conditions onboard including rations and accommodation; daily routine and pattern of training; description of rudder; damage caused to it and punishment; arrival in Singapore; leisure activities including armed forces presence in Singapore; discussion of what it meant to be an officer including visit to Saigon; details of visit to Nagasaki including relationship with civilians; period onboard the aircraft carrier USS Hancock; details of journey to GB including visit to United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
REEL 5 Continues: comparison of Royal Navy and US Navy including training courses; arrival in GB and journey to Liverpool; question of feeling like an outsider. Aspects of period as midshipman and officer with Royal Navy in GB, 1963-1965: content of academic year at Dartmouth; summary of professional training year; pattern of gunnery training including drill and learning mechanics of guns; navigational training; changes after promotion to Sub-Lieutenant; reactions to posting to Singapore; news of posting and reply. Aspects of period as officer aboard HMS Wilkieston in Singapore and during Indonesian Confrontation, 1965-1966: details of HMS Wilkieston including method of minesweeping; make-up of squadron and crew including own role and ship's dog.
REEL 6 Continues: flight to Singapore and drive to naval base; first meal; arrival on ship; description of ship's interior including accommodation; details of patrols undertaken including own role and examples of meeting boats; knowledge of events on Borneo and reactions to situation; medal received; story of patrol up river on Borneo; contact with civilians; problems with propeller; story of mistakes made during return voyage to Singapore.