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Summary: I. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on A J Balfour unveiling a memorial to British war dead in Hillingdon, Middlesex, February 1918.
II. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on Queen Mary inspecting a VAD detachment in the courtyard of Wellington Barracks, February 1918.
III. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on a football match between women workers at Southend, February 1918.
IV. Spanish language version of a newsreel item showing British and Indian troops supervising camels in Palestine, late 1917.
V. Spanish language version of a newsreel item on troops in a large overturned water tower at Riencourt near Bapaume, Western Front, 5th January 1918.
Description: Balfour talks with the local vicar, then the two go with a procession to the church graveyard. The monument has doors in the form of a triptych which Balfour opens.
The Queen arrives with Princess Mary by car at the barracks. The VAD ladies are drawn up with their ambulances on the courtyard with the building visible in the fog behind them. The Queen with the Princess inspects the parade.
The match, which takes place in a local park, is between the women munitions workers of Kynocks and of Vickers-Maxim. The teams toss up to start and the Mayor of Southend kicks off. As the game progresses other newsreel cameramen can be seen at work on the far side of the pitch.
The troops water the camels at a drinking trough. One of the British soldiers pets his own camel, playing with it and putting his arm in its mouth as a gesture of trust and affection.
The men, gunners of 51st (Highland) Division, enter by ladder the temporary shelter they have constructed from the water tower.
Production Details: Department of Information (Production sponsor)
War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Balfour, Arthur James (person)
Mary, Queen (person)
Mary, Princess (Princess Royal) (person)
Southend, Mayor of (person)
Voluntary Aid Detachment (regiment/service)
Vickers & Vickers-Maxim (regiment/service)
British Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
Indian Army, Egyptian Expeditionary Force (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 51 (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, British - monumental: war memorial (object name)
religion, Christianity - ceremonial, British (object name)
delegations, British national - goodwill (object name)
buildings, British - military: barracks (object name)
transport, British military - ambulance (object name)
recreation, British civilian - sport: football (object name)
journalism and record, British - cameraman (object name)
animals, mammals: camel & [+] (object name)
defences, British - emplacement: water tower shelter & [damaged] (object name)
Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, UK (geography)
GB, England & London, SW <Wellington Barracks> (geography)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK (geography)
Riencourt, Somme, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 310 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Summary: see also IWM 163 for the water tower episode
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 663a and IWM 663b, the can is marked as IWM 663