|Title ID||3075||Collection ID||797|
|Title||The 5th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment at the Tower of London|
|Collection||Royal Sussex Regiment Collection|
|Theme||Wartime and Military|
|Keywords||Armed Forces First World War (1914-1918)|
|Format||35mm Black & White Silent|
|Duration||5 min. 15 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This film records The 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment performing various drills outside the Tower of London in 1915. The Battalion, which was formed of territorials from East Sussex, was posted to the Tower of London in October 1914 where it undertook the duties of a Guards Battalion. The Battalion joined the Front Line shortly after this newsreel was made.
The film opens with images of ten troops performing a semaphore routine of Battalion signals. The battalion comes together and undertake numerous drills. These include attaching and detaching bayonets to their rifles. The Vickers machine gun crews mount their weapons on tripods - other soldiers take up a series of combat bayonet positions. Some of their drills are less than accurate.