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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 325-1 [Main Title]
Film Number:NTB 325-1
Summary: I. Demonstration of a radio-controlled motor-boat based on the design of the German Fernlenkboote.
II. The King and Queen visit Bath.
III. Civic service at Southwark Cathedral.
IV. The funeral of Sultan Hussein Kemal of Egypt.
Description: I. 'MYSTERY SHIP EXPLAINED. Great interest was shown in the German electric mystery ships, one of which was captured by the British Fleet. How (sic) a similar electrically propelled ship built in America is manoeuvred from the shore.' A small launch moves about the waters of a quiet harbour. CU of the radio-controller, observing the boat's progress through binoculars.
II. 'OUR WONDERFUL WOUNDED. The King and Queen were deeply impressed with the cheeriness and courage of the wounded they visited at Bath.' The King talks with wounded soldiers - the front row of men are all seated, many with crutches beside them. King and Queen with civic dignitaries at the Pump Room. On leaving, the Royal couple chat with more convalescent soldiers - Queen Mary talking with a soldier in an invalid carriage - before moving towards their waiting car.
III. 'MUNICIPAL SUNDAY. The newly elected Mayors of South London attend a special service at Southwark Cathedral.' Civic dignitaries pass camera. Detachments of police, soldiers and nurses, enter the Cathedral, followed by municipal officers and the mayors preceded by their regalia. The public follow after.
IV. 'OBSEQUIES OF A SULTAN. magnificent scenes of eastern splendour marked the funeral of Britain's staunch friend Hussein 1, the late Sultan of Egypt.' Procession of mourners - some holding banners bearing the symbol of the sultanate - pass along a route lined by horsemen. The coffin is covered by a pall and surmounted by the tarbush. 'THE MOURNING OF THE FAITHFUL. Dense crowds of stricken people followed the Cortège to the Rifai Mosque the last resting place of the Rulers of Egypt.' LS as the coffin is carried up stone steps into the mosque.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: George V, King (person)
Mary, Queen (person)
Hussein Kemal, Sultan of Egypt (person)
Keywords: ships, United States - special operations: distance controlled boat (object name)
delegations, British national - state: George V visits Bath (object name)
ceremonies, British - event-related: civic service (object name)
religion, Christian - political, British: Mayoral service at Southwark Cathedral (object name)
ceremonies, Egyptian - state: funeral of Sultan Hussein (object name)
GB, England & Bath, Somerset <Pump Room> (geography)
GB, England & London, SE <Southwark Cathedral> (geography)
Egypt & Cairo <Rifai Mosque> (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: 320 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary (item I): the German Fernlenkboote were steered by means of a trailing cable following instructions from an accompanying seaplane. They were unmanned and carried a 700kg explosive charge. On 28 October 1917, the monitor Erebus, then operating near Ostend, was hit by FL.12. The resulting explosion killed two and wounded fifteen of the ship's crew, destroying about fifty feet of the monitor's protective bulge. Repairs took about three weeks. A few more attacks were made but without further success, and Fernlenkboote were abandoned by the end of 1917.