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Military Sunday in York

In this colour tinted film, made in-between the wars, York’s army servicemen proudly march before expectant crowds in front of York Minster.

Non-Fiction 1929 9 mins Silent

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This intriguing film depicts York’s exciting 1929 military parade. The film begins with police escorting the start of the military procession, while expectant crowds of people watch on from either side of the street. Following this, numerous servicemen and bands proceed to march past the crowds and out of camera shot. The parade has disperses at the end and people mingle freely in the street.

The film was made by G. Trafford Drayton and probably filmed on Sunday 5th May 1929. The Green Howard’s army marching band took part in the proceedings. The men seen marching behind the soldiers in civilian dress are probably veterans of the Yorkshire Regiment and may have served during the First World War. The Green Howard’s fought from 1914-18 on both the Western and Eastern fronts and suffered high casualties.