|Title ID||871||Collection ID||290|
|Title||The Story of Shorncliffe Military Cemetery|
|Date||1980; [1986?]; [1989?]|
|Theme||Wartime and Military|
|Keywords||Armed Forces Ceremonies Commemorative Events Cultural Heritage First World War (1914-1918) Landscape Local History Memorials Second World War (1939-1945) Wars|
|Format||Super 8mm Colour Sound|
|Duration||38 min. 40 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright 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.