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Title:ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY SINGAPORE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ABY 184
Other titles:ROYAL AIR FORCE OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Scenes from a commemorative parade and wreath laying at the Cenotaph in Singapore on Armistice Day, 1945.
Description: Troops on parade. A group of senior officers make their way out to the front of the parade. The group is led by a naval officer and includes two American officers, a civilian man and a Scots soldier in a glengarry cap and kilt. A group of buglers wearing the cap badge of the Parachute Regiment. Views of the parade. The officers approach the Cenotaph and lay wreaths. A US officer and the civilian man lay a wreath together; the officer salutes and the civilian places his hat over his heart. Badly out of focus tracking footage of the parade marching, probably shot from the back of a jeep. The focus is corrected. Views of troops on parade; camera pans to the monument.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 338 ft; Running time: 4 minutes
Notes: The Cenotaph in Singapore was built in memory of the 124 Singaporean soldiers who died during the First World War. It was unveiled in March 1922 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) during a royal tour of Asia on which he was accompanied by a 21-year old Louis Mountbatten. In 1945 Mountbatten, as Supreme Allied Commander (South East Asia Command), would accept the Japanese surrender at Municipal Hall, which is the colonnaded building visible in the background during parts of this film.