Title ID 10940Collection ID1436
Title[Air Training Corps; Empire Day; Cricket; Memorial Days]
Date1941 to 1943
ThemeWartime And Military Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsArmed Forces Civil Defence Youth Organizations Commemorative Events Memorials Parades Religious Activities Scouting Second World War (1939-1945)
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionStephen Wingrove
CameraStephen Wingrove
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration18 min. 36 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Banstead Air Training Corps, Civil Defence Groups, the British Legion, volunteers and youth groups are seen parading and attending memorial services in Banstead. Mostly in black and white film with some colour footage.


"Air Training Corp, Banstead, Sqaudron No.1044 inspection and march past to Banstead parish church for dedication of the drums, Sun 22 March 1942"

The ATC is inspected and then marches through the town.

"Colour scenes of Banstead Cricket Ground of Home Guard and Air Training Corps. Address by Rev Canon Skene, Empire Day 1942"

Colour footage shows members of the Home Guard on the playing field as the young members of the ATC band arrive. A service is delivered by a clergyman as the camera spans the attending volunteers.

"Centenary match - Banstead Cricket Club v Twickenham. Display by ATC and Home Guard Band. Address by Sir Archibald Southby, Councillor Tucker and others, Sat 25 July 1942"

Returning to black and white footage, scenes feature crowds and the cricket pavilion. Speeches are delivered and a military band plays.

"Armistice memorial service, Banstead, Sun Nov 1941"

The Home Guard, various Civil Defence groups, volunteers and veterans are filmed parading through the town, along with a cadet marching band and church officials. A wreath is presented at the war memorial and the groups march again to a service at the playing fields.

"British Legion Rally and presentation of canteen car, Stoke Park, Guildford on Sunday, 10 May 1942"

The camera pans across the groups assembled and the new canteen van is seen. A slightly obscured title reads: "presented to the Surrey County Council by the Surrey branches of the Women's British Legion". The women inspect the van. Members of the British Legion march.

"Remembrance Day parade and parade service at the War Memorial, Banstead. The British Legion with their Standard, headed by Sir Archibald Southby RN, accompanied by the Home Guard and other detachments, 8 Nov 1942"

A parade takes place for Remembrance Day with various groups of cadets and volunteers in the Civil Defence marching through Banstead. A service takes place at the war memorial.

"Scenes of the United Youth Service at Banstead Hall Field - address by the Rt Rev Dr Golding Bird. Sir Archibald Southby, JP, MP, takes the salute at the march past of all youth, Sunday 16 May 1943' - youth cadets parade. 'Armistice Memorial Service, Banstead, Sun 7 Nov 1943"

Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Cadets along with Sunday School groups attend a service and then parade at the ground. Further parades take place along the High Street.


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