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Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 363-2 (French version, fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. French language version of a newsreel item on a street party for the children of dead soldiers and sailors in Southwark, London, August 1918.
II. French language version of a newsreel item on General Sir Herbert Plumer, GOC Second Army, decorating British nurses in a field near Blendecques, Western Front, 26th June 1918.
III. French language version of a newsreel item on Lloyd George at the National Eisteddfod at Neath, Wales, August 1918.
Description: The party tables stretch up and down the street. Helpers give gifts and cards to the children.
Plumer (back to camera) pins the medals on the line of four nurses. The captions say that the nurses are receiving the "Médaille Militaire" for their courage when the Germans bombed their hospitals.
The ceremonies open with a procession of women and girls in Welsh national costume. The Chief Druid mounts a slab of stone to deliver the address. Lloyd George talks with the Mayor of Neath and inspects a parade of soldiers. The watching crowd cheers Lloyd George. He shakes hands with three soldiers in hospital blues (note the press photographers at work).
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Plumer, Herbert Charles Onslow (person)
Lloyd George, David (person)
British Army (regiment/service)
British Red Cross (regiment/service)
Keywords: society, British - charity (object name)
society, British - sustenance (object name)
recreation, British civilian - general (object name)
ceremonies, British - event-related: investiture (Medaille Militaire) (object name)
propaganda, British - inflammatory (object name)
arts, British - ethnic: Eisteddfod (object name)
ceremonies, British - display: Eisteddfod (object name)
delegations, British national - state (object name)
society, British - ethnic: Wales (object name)
journalism and record, British - photographer (object name)
GB, England & London, SE <Southwark> (geography)
Blendecques, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
GB, Wales & Neath, Glam (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: French
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 180 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see IWM 268 for the Plumer item
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 679a, the can is marked as IWM 679
Remarks: the difference between the original record film of the Plumer item and the use made of it for the newsreel shows a definite trend towards propaganda and away from information in the newsreel at this point