Title ID 11584Collection ID1519
TitleLefevre's Funeral and Montgomery's Visit
Date19 October 1945; 20 October 1945
CollectionSydney Bligh
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWartime And Military Commemoration
KeywordsArmed Forces Ceremonies Religious Activities Second World War (1939-1945)
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSydney Bligh
CameraSydney Bligh
ParticipantsAlderman Charles Lefevre, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Councillor J H B Young, Councillor J G B Stone
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration2 min. 07 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This short film takes place over two days, 19th and 20th October 1945. On the 19th the funeral of Canterbury's Lord Mayor - Alderman Charles Lefevre. On the 20th, the visit by Field Marshal Montgomery to the city is filmed.


The first minute of the film shows the funeral of Canterbury's Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Lefevre. The burial site is near the chapel at Canterbury Cemetary, which can be seen in the background with mourners standing around the grave. The coffin is lowered into the ground and a clergyman speaks. The top of the coffin is shown with a plaque reading "Frederick Charles Lefevre died 17th October 1945 aged 66 years".

The film then shows Field Marshal Montgomery (Monty) arriving in Canterbury on 20 October 1945 and being greeted by Deputy Mayor - Councillor J H B Young and Sheriff - Councillor J G B Stone. With a crowd watching, Field Marshal Montgomery inspects the Guard of Honour (the 2/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment) in St Dunstans Street outside the Westgate Towers. Film of this event continues on TID: 11585


A still from 'Lefevre's Funeral and Montgomery's Visit' (1945)

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