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Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
Thousands gather in Alfreton to remember the dead of the Great War.
Non-Fiction 1927 7 mins Silent
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Sunday 31 July 1927 was a time of reflection for the people of Alfreton in Derbyshire. Thousands gathered in the Market Square to watch the unveiling of the town's war memorial. The names of 121 local men are inscribed on the memorial commemorating their death during the 1914-18 war. Performing the ceremony is General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, a former officer of the Sherwood Forresters whose military career stretched back to the Zulu Wars of 1879.
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.
Funeral at the Front
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 13 mins Silent Location: Haslingden
Charming, fun and heartwarming portrait of a Lancashire town coming together to celebrate Peace Day.
Nurse and Martyr
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
While Britain celebrates... A caustic reminder of conditions for London's East End underclass in George V's jubilee year.
Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 5 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
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.
Alfreton Carnival 1931
1931 9 mins Silent Location: Alfreton
Alfreton pulls out all the stops with a carnival to raise money for a Derbyshire hospital
Alvey: Derbyshire Customs
Amateur film 1962 23 mins Silent Location: Alfreton
From Well Dressing to Garland Day and even elephants in Alfreton - a celebration of the traditional customs of Derbyshire in this reel from amateur filmmaker Fred Alvey.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
Liberty Foundations Commercial
Advert 1956 2 mins Location: Market Harborough
Liberté, égalité and fraternité in corsets, girdles and bras.
Local Trader's Gazette
Advert 1930 9 mins Silent Location: East Sussex
This amazing discovery shows how cinema advertising used to look in Bygone Britain - a truly nostalgic gem of a film for lovers of Britain's past
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