Title ID 871Collection ID290
TitleThe Story of Shorncliffe Military Cemetery
Date1980; [1986?]; [1989?]
CollectionDavid Milne
ThemeWartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Ceremonies Commemorative Events Cultural Heritage First World War (1914-1918) Landscape Local History Memorials Second World War (1939-1945) Wars
LocalShorncliffe Folkestone
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDavid Milne
CameraDavid Milne
NarratorDavid Milne
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration38 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film with music and commentary recounts the histories of the Shorncliffe Military Camp and Cemetery, recording in detail the gravestones which pepper the hillside overlooking the coastline.


The film begins with a brief history of Shorncliffe Military Camp, using images of maps and sketches to retrace its story from the 1800s. There is also contemporary footage of the surrounding area including the Martello towers, the garrison Church of St Marks and the St John Moore Library.

The remainder of the film focuses on Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. The camera explores the gravestones, highlighting the multi-national, multi-faith, and multi-class nature of the war graves. There is also footage from 1980 of the annual Canada Day ceremony where local schoolchildren lay flowers at Canadian graves.