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Summary: I. Children's service at Saint Paul's Cathedral.
II. Founder's day at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
III. Drum head service.
IV. Cadets inspected.
V. Entrenching party at work.
Description: I. 'CHILDREN OF THE EMPIRE : Children attend a very impressive service at St Paul's Cathedral, held in connection with the League of Empire'. A parade of naval cadets passes crowd of spectators lining the city streets; a long line of children travels along the street and ascends the steps of Saint Paul's on the way to the service. Boy Scouts ascend also.
II. 'OAK APPLE DAY: General Sir Neville Lyttelton takes the salute from the old pensioners on Founder's Day at the Chelsea Hospital'. The general inspects seated pensioners, and watches a small marchpast of the more active pensioners, while the seated veterans raise their hats and cheer. Close-up of medal-bedecked pensioner.
III. 'DRUM HEAD SERVICE: Major General Sir Francis Lloyd addresses the South London Regt. at their drum head service'. Drum head service takes place in park. The camera pans over a large crowd who are being preached to by a clergyman. The drum itself, surrounded by various dignitaries, is shown in close shot.
IV. 'CITY OF LONDON CADETS: The Lord Mayor inspecting the City of London Cadets at Regents Park and takes the salute as they march past'. The Mayor, dressed in military uniform, salutes the marching Cadets. Close up of Mayor saluting.
V. 'BRITISH TRENCH DIGGING: An entrenching party leaving the Camp and moving out through communications trenches to the front line. Building up breastworks and parapets'. Scenes of men marching along a hilltop; stone buildings are in the background. More men walk along a low trench, carrying shovels; they are then seen walking down a deeper trench lined with sandbags. Shot from inside of trench room; men carrying sandbags pass by. (There is little or no actual digging in evidence.)
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Lyttelton, Neville Gerald (person)
Lloyd, Francis (person)
London, Lord Mayor of (person)
Royal Hospital, Chelsea (regiment/service)
British Army, London Regiment, South (regiment/service)
British Army, City of London Cadets (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, British - display: children's parade (object name)
celebrations, British - event-related: Founder's Day, Chelsea Hospital (object name)
ceremonies, British - customary: drum head service (object name)
ceremonies, British - display: parade (object name)
defences, British - emplacement: trench system (object name)
engineering, military, British: trench building (object name)
GB, England & London, EC <Saint Paul's Cathedral> (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Chelsea & Royal Hospital> (geography)
GB, England & London, NW <Regent's Park> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 312 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: details of contents derived largely from work by Luke McKernan of the NFTVA, to whom much of the credit must go.