British schoolchild in Chiswick, London and High Wycombe in GB, 1939-1944; civilian photographic printer in London, GB, 1944; private trained with General Service Corps at Palace Barracks in Omagh, Northern Ireland, 1945; trained with Training Bn, General Service Corps at Holywood Barracks, Northern Ireland, 1945; attended Pre-OCTU course at Wroughton, GB, 1945; officer cadet with 164 OCTU at Trenton Park, Stoke on Trent in GB, 1945-1946; officer served with 2nd Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh, GB, 1946; served with 5th Bn Highland Light Infantry in Germany, 1946; served with 2nd Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Egypt, 1/1947-2/1947; served as quartermaster with Jewish Internment Camp at Dekhelia, Cyprus, 1947-1948
REEL 1 Background in Chiswick, London, GB, 1926-1939: family; character of Chiswick; education. Recollections of period as schoolchild in Chiswick, GB, 1939-1944: German bombing and V weapon attacks on area; use of roofing felt after bombing; effects of fuel rationing; description of Morrison shelter; work as Air Raid Precautions messenger; intensity of V1 flying bomb attacks; use of public air raid shelter; rationing; wartime living conditions; evacuation with school to High Wycombe, 1939-1942; use of buses.
REEL 2 Continues: cycling; effect of V2 rocket attacks; entertainment; wearing shorts in sixth form; clothing rationing; interest in model aircraft; wartime radios and problems with recharged batteries; encounter with injured civilian who left wrong side of London Underground train in blackout. Aspects of period as photographic printer in London, GB, 1944: obtaining employment, summer 1944; fire-watching duties in Fleet Street area; damage in Fleet Street area; question of enlistment in RAF. Aspects of enlistment and training as private with General Service Corps at Palace Barracks in Omagh, Northern Ireland, 1945: call up, 1/1945; train journey to Carlisle; in transit camp at Stranraer.
REEL 3 Continues: move to Palace Barracks, Omagh; kitting out; induction into squad; security restrictions in Northern Ireland; inoculations; near accident during grenade training; origins of recruits; accommodation; nature of inspections of accommodation and personnel; adjusting to army life; drill and growth of comradeship; armament training and security; range work; cleaning rifle.
REEL 4 Continues: grenades used in training; Sten Gun training; gas training; hospitalisation for dysentery. Aspects of period as private with Training Bn, General Service Corps at Holywood Barracks, Northern Ireland, 1945: reasons for move to training battalion; NAAFI facilities; route march; taking command of platoon; limited number of heavier weapons in platoon; firing PIAT; punishment duties; selection procedure for officer training including aptitude tests. Aspects of period as Pre-OCTU at Wroughton, GB, 1945: character of Pre-OCTU; driving lessons; death of cadet during driving lesson; learning to drive and obtaining driving licence; vehicles used to learn to drive.
REEL 5 Continues: map reading; lack of physical training. Recollections of period as officer cadet with 164 OCTU at Trenton Park, Stoke on Trent in GB, 1945-1946: initial posting to Barmouth, 11/1945; move to Trenton Park; opinion of Tasker Watkins VC; recruit who had served as glider pilot during Second World War; regimental sergeant-major who marched recruits into sea; field training in Wales; use of wireless sets; presence of Dutch cadets on course; Tactical Exercises Without Troops; exercise to assault hill; live firing; operating 2 Inch Mortar; viewing exercise at Warminster; expectation of location of active service; choice of regiment.
REEL 6 Continues: Aspects of period as officer with 2nd Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh, GB, 1946: reaction to commissioning into regiment; kitting out for regiment; joining battalion at Redford Barracks; batman; mess nights; platoon training in Perth; composition of battalion; origin of platoon members; accommodation; story of escorting army prisoners from Edinburgh to Dover. Recollections of period as officer with 5th Bn Highland Light Infantry in Germany, 1946: joining battalion at Minden; character of battalion.
REEL 7 Continues: move of battalion to Wesel; visit to relatives in Netherlands, 1946; conditions for relatives in Netherlands during Second World War; visit to Arnhem, Netherlands, 1946; problems with sexuality transmitted diseases in Wesel area; off duty activities; problems with illicit alcohol; presence of Displaced Persons in area; story of watch acquired in Germany; swimming activities; rations; return to Stirling, GB on disbandment of regiment.
REEL 8 Continues: story of escorting army prisoners from Edinburgh to Dover. Aspects of period as officer 2nd Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Egypt, 1/1947-8/1947: journey from GB to Egypt, 1/1947; theft of battalion kit; problems with shoe shine boys; journey to Palestine; degree of threat in Palestine. Recollections of period as quartermaster for Jewish Internment Camp at Dekhelia, Cyprus, 1947-1948: size of camp; description of camp; organisation of camp inmates; arrangements for pregnant woman; initial problem with latrines; rationing issues including kosher arrangements; effect of climate in Cyprus; use of German POWs; origins of internees.
REEL 9 Continues: question of Jewish immigration to Palestine; organisation of Jewish refugees; attempt by Jewish internees to block port at Famagusta; visit by French journalists; de-lousing of refugees; internees collection of personal luggage; facilities for army personnel; off duty activities; relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots; visits to northern Cyprus; relations with Greek Cypriots; return to GB for demobilisation, 1/1948; attitude towards military service.
REEL 10 Continues: Aspects of period as officer with 5th Bn Highland Light Infantry in Germany, 1946: swimming activities with army; battle swimming training at Olympic swimming pool in Berlin; touring around Berlin; impressions of Russian transport; impressions of Berlin.