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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 343-2 (fragment) [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 699b
Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 343-2 (Spanish version, fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on Queen Mary inspecting Land Girls outside Buckingham Palace, March 1918.
II. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales and Prince Henry visiting an aircraft engine factory in England, March 1918.
III. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on a memorial service by the South African Brigade in Delville Wood, Western Front, 1917.
IV. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on British destroyers hunting submarines in the North Sea, early 1918.
Description: The Queen emerges into the palace courtyard. The Land Girls march past, bearing banners about the importance of the Home Front, and with a hay wagon behind them.
The Royal party shakes hands with the waiting management of the factory. The Queen goes to talk to three bedridden women whose bed-stretchers have been wheeled out of doors for the purpose. The Royal party walks through the various departments of the factory, talking with the women workers as the tour proceeds.
Major-General H T Lukin, the divisional commander, listens to the bugles blowing the Last Post, then decorates two soldiers who won medals for the attack on Delville Wood in September 1916.
The conditions are overcast, with a heavy sea running, and the ships are too distant to be clearly identified as they emerge from harbour out into the open sea. An SS airship is visible in the distance.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mary, Queen (person)
Mary, Queen (person)
Edward, Prince (Duke of Windsor) (person)
Henry, Prince (Duke of Gloucester) (person)
Lukin, Henry T (person)
Women's Land Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 9 (regiment/service)
British Army, South African Bde (regiment/service)
South African Army, South African Bde (regiment/service)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - display (object name)
buildings, British - institutional: Buckingham Palace (object name)
delegations, British national - goodwill (object name)
industry, British - aircraft (object name)
medical, British civilian - long term (object name)
ceremonies, South African - event-related: memorial (object name)
operations, British naval - sortie (object name)
aircraft, British naval - airship: SS Type (object name)
GB, England & London, SW <Buckingham Palace> (geography)
GB, England (geography)
Delville Wood, Somme, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 252 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see IWM 169 for the item on the South African Brigade
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 699a, IWM 699c and IWM 699d, the can is marked as IWM 699