|Title ID||3077||Collection ID||797|
|Title||[Recruiting for the Royal Sussex Regiment]|
|Collection||Royal Sussex Regiment Collection|
|Theme||Wartime and Military|
|Keywords||Armed Forces Ceremonies Parades Sport Travel Wars|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A short recruitment film encouraging men to join the Royal Sussex Regiment.
This recruitment film attempts to attract men away from their humdrum lives into the army by offering the prospects of travel, adventure, sport and ceremony. Views of rural Korea and troops in action in the Korean hills are followed by a variety of off-duty sporting activities including football, athletics and swimming. The regiment is shown marching in various ceremonial parades and firing a gun salute. The narrator concludes by reminding potential recruits that free food and lodging is provided, as well as wages and up to a month’s holiday.
Most of the footage used in this film appears to be from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment’s time in Korea as part of the United Nations forces, 1956-57. It includes images of the combined Queen’s birthday and farewell parade on the 13th June 1957. However, it seems likely that this version of the film would have been compiled several years later, as compulsory National Service was not abolished until December 1960, making this type of recruitment film unnecessary up till then.
The Royal Sussex Regiment’s film collection is deposited with Screen Archive South East. Titles include [Christmas in Korea] (December 1956), [Chichester. HRH The Duke of Gloucester Presents New Colours to Famous First Batt. The Royal Sussex Regiment] (15 June 1928) made by Pathé Gazette and several films showing passing-out parades at the regiment’s barracks in Chichester.