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Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 354-1 (French version, fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. French language version of a newsreel item on General Sir Neville Lyttelton reviewing Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, on its Foundation Day, 1st June 1918.
II. French language version of a newsreel item on King George V decorating sailors, soldiers and nurses in the rear courtyard of Buckingham Palace, June 1918.
III. French language version of a newsreel item on British troops watching refugees, probably in Béthune, Western Front, 9th-10th April 1918.
Description: Lyttelton, in full dress uniform, watches while the Pensioners march past him in twos in the grounds of the hospital. He inspects them, and talks to those who, due to age, have remained seated. There is another marchpast.
Among the naval officers is one man in civilian clothes who receives a knighthood. He is blind. Convalescent soldiers watch the ceremony with the rest of the crowd. Nurses receive their decorations.
"Paris is menaced by the enemy. British reinforcements help refugees in the battle-zone." British soldiers watch while a column of refugees with carts moves up a dirt road into a wood. Other refugees halt their wagons in Béthune (?) while a column of British troops passes up the road in the other direction, including a limbered 60-pounder.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Lyttelton, Neville Gerald (person)
George V, King (person)
British Army, Chelsea Pensioners (regiment/service)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
British Red Cross (regiment/service)
British Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: delegations, British national - military (object name)
ceremonies, British - display (object name)
ceremonies, British - state: investiture (object name)
buildings, British - institutional: Buckingham Palace (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 60-pounder (object name)
refugees, French - flight (object name)
propaganda, British - inspirational (object name)
GB, England & London, SW <Chelsea & Royal Hospital> (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Buckingham Palace> (geography)
Béthune, Pas-de-Calais, France (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: 181 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: an additional item from this issue, and the English version of story III, form IWM 1061-02d. See also IWM 184 for refugee sequence
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 676b, the can is marked as IWM 676
Remarks: the captions for the refugee sequence, translated above, show a more overtly pro-French leaning than the captions of the original English version, which is on IWM 1061-02d. The text of the captions for the English version is also held. The use of old film of the Battle of the Lys to suggest the British contribution to the opening Second Battle of the Marne is also noteworthy