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Summary: I. British troops on the move in Salonika.
II. Reverend Mellish, winner of the VC, is honoured by his home town of Deptford.
III. A parade of French '75s destined for the defence of Verdun.
IV. King George V and Queen Alexandra attend a memorial service to Lord Kitchener at St Paul's Cathedral.
Description: I. 'THE BRITISH ARMY IN SALONIKA. Fresh British troops marching from the base to their camp. The Bay of Salonika in the distance.' LS over earthen road as a column of British troops pass diagonally left to right. Lorries pass in the opposite direction. The men are marching inland away from the scattered buildings of the base - the sea is visible in XLS background.
II. 'DEPTFORD'S CURATE V.C. Rev. E. Noel Mellish V.C. receives an ovation as he drives through the streets of Deptford Inspecting the Guard of Honour formed by the Boy Scouts.' HA onto Mellish in open chaise accompanied by police guard of honour. Locals look on - some from the top of a stationary bus - and a crowd follows the procession. Boy Scouts line the roadside as Mellish - now on foot - passes in company with the mayor. The padre talks with a major in the Volunteer Training Force who has been acting as his sword-bearer. Mellish enters council chamber - the steps are lined with Army cadets holding Martini-Henry carbines, and he smiles and lifts his cap to the boys.
III. 'GUNS FOR VERDUN. The Governor of Paris inspecting the new artillery at Vincennes. These new guns are to be used in the defence of Verdun.' Horse-drawn 75mm field guns pass in parade order. MS as a battery of 75s is loaded and trained in a park before crowd of spectators.
IV. 'THE KING AND QUEEN. Their Majesties with Queen Alexandra and the Royal Family arriving at the Cathedral.' HA.LS as the Royal family dismount from coaches and walk under an elaborate striped awning up the cathedral steps. HA as King George V arrives in an open coach with a mounted escort - he waves to the crowd and dismounts to go inside.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Mellish, Noel E (person)
Deptford, Mayor of (person)
Kitchener, Horatio Herbert (person)
George V, King (person)
Mary, Queen & [-] (person)
British Army (regiment/service)
French Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
celebrations, British - event-related: return of Noel Mellish VC (object name)
ceremonies, British - event-related: memorial service for Lord Kitchener (object name)
ceremonies, French - display: artillery parade (object name)
weapons, French - gun: 75mm field gun (object name)
Greece & Salonika, Macedonia (geography)
Deptford, Wiltshire, England, UK (geography)
Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
GB, England & London, EC <Saint Paul's Cathedral> (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: 276 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Remarks (item I): dull even by the standards of Topical Budget
Summary (item II): the Reverend Mellish won his VC for rescuing wounded trapped by enemy bombardment at St Eloi near Ypres in March 1916. He was the first Army chaplain to win a VC since 1879
Summary (item IV): Kitchener had died on 5 June. Given the circumstances there was of course no burial service.