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Chiswick's Gallant Gunner
Three cheers for Maurice Samuels, as a Chiswick tram driver receives a medal for bravery at the Western Front at Ypres.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
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Major General Lord Cheylesmore, a peer, soldier and chairman of the London County Council, leads the cheers after pinning a Military Medal to the chest of Maurice Samuels, a Chiswick tram driver who rescued wounded soldiers under fire at Ypres. Samuels smiles at the camera, while women behind stand grinning. Samuels, who volunteered at the war’s outbreak and was twice severely wounded at Ypres himself, survived the war, receiving a medical discharge in December 1916.
Cinema of WWI
War 1927 109 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
Labour's Recruiting Appeal
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Trafalgar Square
Stirring scenes in Trafalgar Square as Labour MP Will Thorne rallies recruits for the war effort.
Eyes of the Fleet: A Destroyer Flotilla Scouting
Non-Fiction 1915 mins Silent
A fleeting (sorry) but reassuring glimpse of a flotilla of Royal Navy destroyers on the skyline during WWI.
The Man Who Came Back
1914 14 mins Silent
The son of a wealthy merchant fakes his own death to join up, but his heroic act at the Front is wrongly attributed to his cowardly cousin.
World War One Troops Inspection
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: London
Brigades of stretcher-bearers and Cyclist Corps soldiers straighten their spines for parade. But who? And where?
To Aid the Motherland
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Salisbury Plain
Poignant scenes capture a moment’s relaxation for a Canadian cavalry unit on Salisbury Plain.
Automatic Fare Collection on London Buses
Industry sponsored film 1971 2 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
A motley group of London Transport office staff line up to test the efficiency of two bus driver-operated ticket machines.
A Bit of Fun at the Chequered Flag
Amateur film 1957 1 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
A mock standing start marks the beginning of an amusing classic car race that ends before it even gets going
1960 Wedding at Methodist Church Chiswick High Road
Amateur film 1960 4 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
Glimpses of Chiswick High Road form the backdrop to the wedding guests arriving for a colourful 1960s wedding
Music video 1966 5 mins Location: Chiswick
Take a very groovy road trip with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in this early pop promo.
Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear
Documentary 1974 52 mins Location: Chiswick
Shocking and unsentimental Thames documentary recording the experiences of a group of abused wives in a landmark refuge in Chiswick.
100,000 Pound Damage 1,500 out of Work
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Chiswick
40 fire engines unsuccessfully battle a raging fire that destroyed a wallpaper factory in Chiswick.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.