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Drumhead Service
Drumhead Service

Drumhead Service 1917


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Drumhead Service 1917

United Kingdom

A drumhead service is a traditional military religious service held in the field, using drums as a makeshift altar. This service took place on the home front, Downhills Park in Haringey, and features Winnie Melville, a popular London concert singer. Holding a bouquet, she presents two new ambulances to the Middlesex Volunteer Transport Corps. Soldiers then watch as the vehicles are blessed by a local vicar.

Selected by London's Screen Archives From the BFI National Archive




Drums Volunteer Transport Corps Military ceremonies Military bands


1917 on film




United Kingdom



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