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Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Flintshire lost hundreds of men on the WW1 battlefields, Holywell contributing 32 who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall, seen here being unveiled.
Non-Fiction 1919 5 mins Silent
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Flintshire supplied hundreds of men for active service at the outbreak of WWI, men who worked in the local coal, copper and textile industries. 32 men from Holywell left but never returned and are commemorated on Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall which are seen here being unveiled. The man who draws off the covering Union Jacks appears to be overcome with emotion – he pauses and wipes his eyes before he can deliver his speech.
Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ was published in 1920, after the poet’s death in France and those passing by the Flintshire Roll of Honour may have wondered if the line by Horace, on which Owen based his poem, was indeed an “old lie”, as Owen believed. ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori’ – it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.
Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series
Roll of Honour film 1915 14 mins Silent
A rare surviving WWI memorial film, featuring poignant images of men killed or injured serving in the armed forces.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Non-Fiction 1919 13 mins Silent Location: Haslingden
Charming, fun and heartwarming portrait of a Lancashire town coming together to celebrate Peace Day.
Biopic 1915 11 mins Silent
The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.
Documentary 1935 10 mins Silent Location: Stepney
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Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
Non-Fiction 1927 7 mins Silent Location: Alfreton
Thousands gather in Alfreton to remember the dead of the Great War.
Home movie 1984 4 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
The people of Holywell become Victorian ladies and gents for a day and mind the rolling barrels!
Home movie 1977 4 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
“E II R Rules OK” is the red, white and blue message on a Chopper entered in the silver jubilee best-dressed bike competition in Holywell.
Home movie 1970 3 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
Wicker baskets are the main carriers of choice for most of Saturday's shoppers in Holywell, and dinghies are used for racing on Bala Lake.
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