Title ID 239Collection ID469
Title[War Time at Mile Oak School; Boys Camp; Family Scenes]
Date[ca. 1935]; 1937; 1942
CollectionMile Oak School
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemePublic Services Wartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Beaches Camping Children Civil Defence Holidays Leisure Time Activities Play Schools Second World War (1939-1945) Wars
LocalPortslade Newquay Roche Walton-on-the-Naze
RegionalEast Sussex Essex Cornwall
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDonald Beale
CameraDonald Beale
EditorDonald Beale
ParticipantsMrs Beale; Mr Prior
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration16 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur material shot by the Headmaster of Mile Oak Approved Boys School. The film includes footage showing the impact of the Second World War on the school - pupils are filmed building air-raid shelters, as is the aftermath of a bombing raid.


The pupils of Mile Oak Approved Boys School watch their male teachers erecting tents at the Martello campsite at Walton-on-the-Naze. Female camp workers pose for the camera on the steps of a hut, and the boys utilize a nearby rowing lake. Whilst on holiday to Cornwall, the film-maker films one of sons peddling a toy car across a sandy beach, and a group of people seemingly cut off by the tide on a Newquay beach. The leader of the Hive Plymouth Brethren, Mr Prior, also joins his family as they climb Roche Rock.

Back at Mile Oak School the threat of German bombs encourages the boys to prepare aid-raid shelters in the school's grounds - they build a wall of sandbags around the entrance to one of the shelters. In 1942 the film-maker records the damage caused by a recent bombing raid. Two of the bombs fell on school ground, demolishing a cowshed and upturning the earth on the playing field. Elsewhere the marching band of The Argyle and Sutherland Fusiliers entertain the boys in the school quad. The Regiment had been posted in the area, temporarily using the school as its HQ due to the superior observation posts provided by its water towers. Family members, school teachers and young girls explore the school's grounds - the younger members play in the sunshine.