Title ID 1046Collection ID262
Title“Lest We Forget” Disabled Soldiers Day Out At Margate
CollectionKent Publicity Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeCommemoration Wartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Celebrations Commemorative Events Disabled Persons First World War (1914-1918) Men Outings Trains Transport
LocalMargate Cliftonville
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot Known
Commissioning bodyLest We Forget Association [?]
Format35mm Black & White Silent
Duration3 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A profesionally-made film which records a trip to Margate by disabled veterans of the First World War. The men are guests-of-honour at a lunch hosted by the town's Mayor and Mayoress at the St George's Hotel, Cliftonville. This was the inaugral outing hosted by Margate's Lest We Forget Committee.


The film opens with footage of the disabled veterans boarding a train. The men, some of whom walk with aids, others who use wheelchairs, are filmed in the train as it travels to Margate. They are greeted on the platform of Margate station by the town's Mayor (Fredrick Lewis Pettman?) and the Mayoress, before driving along the seafront in a convoy of cars - a few locals applaud as they pass. The men are next seen entering the St George's Hotel, Cliftonville bedecked in a banner which reads "Margate Welcomes Our War Disabled Heroes." Inside an official tribute is followed by a dinner. The visitors later pose for a group portrait with their hosts.


A still from 'Lest we forget' (1934) showing disabled ex-servicemen at a railway station