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World War Two Servicemen at Babraham Hall Estate and Girl Guides at Gog Magog Hills
World War Two Servicemen at Babraham Hall Estate and Girl Guides at Gog Magog Hills

World War Two Servicemen at Babraham Hall Estate and Girl Guides at Gog Magog Hills 1943

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World War Two Servicemen at Babraham Hall Estate and Girl Guides at Gog Magog Hills 1943

2 mins United Kingdom

In 1943, British servicemen with the Bishop of Ely at the Babraham Hall estate, situated six miles south-east of Cambridge by the Gog Magog Downs known locally as “The Gogs”. A crowd have gathered at the Estate, to watch a parade of soldiers. Captured by amateur filmmaker Trevor Spittle, a Cambridge Don, whose family stayed in Cambridge throughout war. Later footage shows the filmmaker’s daughter and fellow Girl Guides at “The Gogs”, they too being vital to the war effort.

It is thought the Girl Guide featured is filmmaker Trevor Spittle's daughter, Heather. The Spittle family stayed in Cambridge throughout the war, living at Herschel Road in Cambridge.

Girl Guides did a lot to help the war effort. From helping to direct evacuees; becoming electricians, mechanics, first-aid givers and signals as required; stepping in as teachers and nursery nurses; keeping up morale in bomb shelters with singing; collecting materials for recycling; painting curbs white for people to find their way in a black out; and digging for victory.

The East Anglian Film Archive, the first and largest Regional Film Archive in England, was established in 1976. Since 1984, EAFA has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), to support research and work to preserve our moving image heritage. More than 250 hours are freely available online as examples of the wide range of film which attracts interest the world over.

Genres

Amateur film

Tags

Military parades Fund raising World War II Girl Guides Home fronts British Army War effort

Collection

Ready for the Enemy

Released

1943

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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