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Summary: I. Men of the East Kents in barracks at Winchester.
II. Indian troops behind the lines in France.
III. The Mayor of London reviews volunteer soldiers.
IV. Soldiers on a cross country run.
V. Royal Field Artillery Territorials practice digging trenches.
Description: I. 'THE OLDEST REGIMENT: The Buffs (East Kents) stationed at Winchester is the oldest Regiment in the British Army'. Posed MS of a group of officers. Men fix bayonets and march off past camera. Rifle inspection - sergeant checks the open bolts and rifling.
II. 'INDIANS AT ARRAS: Indian troops return to Arras for a rest after weeks of hard fighting'. Indian troops - apparently perfectly fit - board an ambulance. British, French and Indian troops stand about chatting.
III. 'THE PEN AND THE RIFLE. The Lord Mayor Sir Charles Johnstone inspects the Chartered Secretaries' Corps at the Mansion House'. March past of men in bowler hats and overcoats. The Mayor inspects "the ranks".
IV. 'MILITARY ATHLETES: The Southend Harriers organise a military cross country run between the troops stationed in the vicinity'. Pan across a group of men in varied styles of running gear - they wave. The men run down street past camera. CU of the winner of the five miles race - No 139, Rifleman Jarvis of the 14th Rifle Brigade.
V. 'ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY. Members of the Royal Field Artillery (Territorial) making trenches and 'dug-outs' on Hampstead Heath'. Men work with picks and shovels to dig a trench and construct a neat dug-out roofed with timber and turves. The men pose by a donkey.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Johnstone, Charles (person)
London, Lord Mayor of (person)
Jarvis (Rifleman) (person)
British Army, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) (regiment/service)
Indian Army (regiment/service)
Volunteer Training Corps (?) & Chartered Secretaries' Drilling Corps (regiment/service)
Southend Harriers (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Royal Field Artillery (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - routine (object name)
recreation, Indian military - casual (object name)
transport, British military - ambulance (object name)
ceremonies, British - display: review of troops (object name)
recreation, British military - sport: athletics (object name)
training, British military - specialist: trench digging (object name)
Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
GB, England & London, EC <Mansion House> (geography)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK (geography)
GB, England & London, NW <Hampstead Heath> (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: 480 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Summary (item III): about 600 of the Chartered Secretaries' Drilling Corps attended a service at St Botolph's Church, Bishopsgate, with their commandant Sir Ernest Clarke. After the service the men marched to the Mansion House, accompanied by the drums and bugles of the 66th North London Scouts, where they were inspected by the Lord Mayor.
Remarks (item III): the cataloguer could not take this sequence seriously: it reminded him of a sketch from Michael Bentine's 'Square World'