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Summary: The early training of Royal Navy recruits; the film shows both the education of 'boy sailors' of 15-16 and the basic training of 'hostilities only' recruits (men in their 20s and 30s).
Description: Film opens with the arrival of HO men at Havant; haircut, medical and dental inspections, kitting out. Then shots of men and boys are intercut showing drill; knot practice; sail training on a miniature cutter; rowing a cutter (HOs); training with the gyro-magnetic compass and in a model wheelhouse; also the galleys, a boys' mess (fancy cutlery arrangements) and a HOs' dormitory (Kit layout for inspection); gunlaying; semaphore, morse and wireless training; PT and swimming; laundry (clothes scrubbed on floor); and recreation (boys swarm up rigging 'for fun').
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Pathe (Production company)
Curtice, A V (Production individual)
Watts, F (Production individual)
Farmer, A (Production individual)
Newberry, George (Production individual)
Danvers-Walker, Bob1906-10-111990-05-17 (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: medical, British naval - preventative: medical inspection (object name)
recreation, British naval - sport (object name)
recruitment, British: Royal Navy (object name)
society, British naval - domestic (object name)
society, British naval - sustenance (object name)
training, British naval (object name)
Havant, Hampshire, England, UK (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 1090 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Remarks: stock-shot possibilities marred by fancy cutting.