British marine trained at Royal Marine Depot, Deal, Infantry Training Centre, Royal Marines, Lympstone and Commando Training School Bickleigh in GB, 1954; NCO served with 45 Commando, Royal Marines in Cyprus and during Suez landings, Egypt, 1955-1956
REEL 1 Background in Luton, GB, 1935-1954: family; father's loss of leg during service with National Fire Service in Second World War; education. Aspects of enlistment and training with Royal Marines at Royal Marine Depot, Deal in GB, 1954: reasons for joining Royal Marines; enlistment, 1954; bayonet fighting; physical training; ethos in Royal Marines; behaviour of instructors; daily routine; equipment issued; inspections; instruction in basic hygiene; weapons training; hand grenade training; character of Sten Gun Mk V. Aspects of training at Infantry Training Centre, Royal Marines at Lympstone in GB, 1954: move to Lympstone; pattern of training; nature of speed marches; swimming; pattern of training routine; training for landings on rocky coast.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of training at Commando Training School, Bickleigh in GB, 1954: pattern of training; scrabble course; night exercises; physical and psychological nature of training; training with foreign weapons; mortar training; joining King's Squad; attending commissioning board and Junior NCO course at Plymouth. Recollections of operations as NCO with 45 Commando, Royal Marines in Cyprus, 1955-1956: in transit at Goodge Street Underground Station in London; flight from GB to Cyprus; arrival in Cyprus, 1/1955; description of patrolling and observation; cordon and search operations in Troodos Mountains.
REEL 3 Continues: ambush of vehicles on mountain road; incident of insurgents injecting acid into orange; firing on insurgent suspected of being Georgios Grivas; frequency of ambushes and patrols; opinion of EOKA insurgents; co-operation with police; discovery of arms cache after loss of Bren gun magazine; problems of identifying EOKA supporters; duties guarding power station; support EOKA received by Cypriot clergy; accommodation in hotel in Troodos Mountains; death from exposed of unit members in snow; ski patrols; escorting explosives to mines; leave; forest fire during Operation Lucky Alphonse; lack of unit casualties; likelihood of ambushes on mountain roads. Recollections of operations as NCO with 45 Commando, Royal Marines during Suez landings, 1956: move to Malta; training for helicopter landings.
REEL 4 Continues: street fighting training in Malta; flight from HMS Theseus in helicopter; problems with sand on landing; equipment carried during landings including recoilless rifle; accidental wounding by cannon fire from Fleet Air Arm Westland Wyvern; initial treatment for wound; evacuation to HMS Ocean; nature of wounds and treatment; visit from his father to HMS Haslar; amputation of leg through knee; attitude towards service with Royal Marines.