Title ID 2954Collection ID404
Title[Funeral of King George V; King's Mead School Sports and Recreation; Royal Navy Fleet]
Date[1935]; 1936
ThemePublic Services Wartime and Military
KeywordsAircraft Armed Forces Children Cultural Events Education Funerals Leisure Time Activities Royalty Schools Scouting Ships Sport
LocalEastbourne London Seaford
RegionalEast Sussex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
ParticipantsThe Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration35 min. 55 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur material which includes footage of King George V's funeral cortege, pupils of King's Mead School playing a variety of sports and participating in a range of recreational activities, and a flotilla of Royal Navy ships on exercise.


The film starts with high-angle views of dignitaries and armed forces representatives processing through the crowd-lined streets of London on 29th January 1936, forming part of the funeral cortege of King George V.

The cameraperson next focuses on King's Mead Preparatory School for boys and on the recreational activities undertaken there. The boys, who look to be around ten years of age, are filmed playing football, rollerskating, watching an adult male practicing batting in a cricket net, and helping to tow a de Havilland Moth biplane. The boys are also filmed having a cricket lesson on the games field, and performing outdoor gymnastics and acrobatic displays. Parents visit the school on sports day, watching their sons compete in running races, the high jump and the long jump. Some of the boys are next seen in Scouts' uniform, enjoying ice-cream before forming part of the crowds who welcome The Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII).

The film also contains a prolonged sequence taken aboard a Royal Navy ship. The ship forms part of a flotilla (including HMS Nelson?) seemingly engaged in a competition - a blackboard keeps record of lap times. The camera also films as Fairey biplanes perform in a mock battle, dropping bombs into the sea.