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Title:LIBERATION SCENES IN ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY AFTER LIBERATION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:MGH 1336
Other titles:AMATEUR FILM BY DR RICHARD SUTCLIFFE [Alternative Title]
Summary: Amateur film shot by Dr Richard Sutcliffe, an English General Practitioner who remained in the Channel Islands under German occupation, records celebrations on Guernsey following its liberation, including scenes in the harbour area and the Red Cross ship Vega, the royal visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the visit by the Home Secretary Herbert Morrison and close-up views of local notables. Brief shot shows amicable exchange between German driver and Guernsey policeman.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 421 ft
Notes: Summary: Background provided by David Sutcliffe, 9 August 2004: "My father, Dr. Richard Brook Sutcliffe, an Englishman, moved to Guernsey in 1936 to enter general practice there. His senior partner in a practice of two doctors was a Jew, Dr. Montague. When it became clear in 1940 that the Channel Islands would be occupied by the Germans, Dr. Montague had to leave immediately. This clearly meant that my father had to stay to care for the patients of the practice. He was thus in Guernsey until the Liberation in 1945, although at one stage he was threatened as an Englishman with deportation to Biberach in South Germany. My mother, my twin brother and sister and I left the Island in 1940 and spent the war in England as evacuees, moving from one family of friends and relatives to another as mutual patience became exhausted. The house my father lived in during the Occupation overlooked the harbour of St. Peter Port, and he was thus able to film the Red Cross ship Vega which brought in food supplies after the landings in Normandy. I think he had only 300 feet of colour film which he hid under the bedroom floorboards and all of which was used for the film you have in your possession. He did not undertake any other filming to the best of my knowledge.
My father, a general practitioner and surgeon, was a medical student of Guy's Hospital. Some years after the war he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, at least partly because of his surgical record during the Occupation. After retirement, he became a Magistrate and one of the twelve Jurats of the Royal Court of the States of Guernsey.
Dr. Montague died in England during the war."