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Return of Kitchener (1902)
Lord Kitchener, Commander-in-Chief of the British army, returns from South Africa to cheering crowds.
Lord Viscount Kitchener may not have had the avuncular appeal of his contemporary Lord Roberts, but his return from the Boer War in South Africa was greeted by a rapturous London public. This film is shot from a position behind the veteran troops lining the route, somewhere in St James' or Hyde Park. We get a glimpse of the great man, signalled by an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd.
Kitchener, famous as the face of the WWI 'Your Country Needs YOU!' recruitment poster, is today the most recognised military figure of the Boer War. But in the immediate aftermath of the war, he was just one of the campaign's several heroes, competing for public affections with Lord Roberts, General Buller and Lt General Baden-Powell.
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Manchester
Crowds throng the streets for the return of Manchester's Volunteers from South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Edinburgh Castle
Troops play up for the camera in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Lancaster
Some nifty product placement creeps in to this formal portrait of the Lancaster Volunteers.
Non-Fiction 1901 19 mins Silent Location: Manchester
The might of the British Navy struts its stuff down the Manchester Ship Canal.
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Silent Location: Bolton
The Bolton Artillery Volunteers put on an impressive parade despite the snow.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Destroyers from the Edwardian Royal Navy filmed from a ship in the Tyne.
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.