Theme Wartime and Military
Films of war-time in the archive begin with images of the First World War on the home front. The archive holds footage of women taking up heavy farm work as part of the war effort in Surrey in 1914. The archive also holds newsreel footage of Sussex regiments on the move and demonstrating their skills at the start of the First World War. Film of the Royal Sussex Regiment across several decades is held in the archive and its history takes us through two World Wars and post-war postings to locations such as India, Korea and Belfast, as well as film of training, events and parades.
Film of the Second World War includes family films, civil defence training films, work on the home front, and war-time events. Preparations prior to the war can be witnessed in film calling for greater production of arms from industry and film of aircraft inspections and testing. During the war, many families continued to record their lives, despite the war-time restrictions on availability and use of cine film. These films illustrate how the every-day lives of people in Surrey, Sussex and Kent were affected by war-time changes - the introduction of ration books and black-out blinds; family members taking up roles in the armed forces and in auxiliary services; building and taking refuge in air raid shelters; and witnessing the effects of bombing raids first hand. The strengthening of community life and community activities is also visible through films of town fund raising and other community activities.
The role of the Home Guard, land girls and other auxiliary services is also strongly represented in the archive. The Home Guard in the Southern Counties represented the front line of ground defence for the UK and their training reflected some of the ingenuity required to defend the land with limited resources. Home Guard training films illustrate many of the tactics used by Civil Defence volunteers to arm and protect the region. Local schools also had to practice their drill for air raids and film again is used effectively as an instructional tool and a reference. The work of hospitals and medical services is covered in a number of films in the archive, including pioneering plastic surgery at East Grinstead hospital.
At the end of the war, VE day celebrations, victory parades and memorial services mark some of the collective responses of the region's communities to the end of conflict. Beyond this, signs of post-war reconstruction can also be witnessed through film in the archive such as the development of Crawley New Town. Some of the latest additions to the archive begin to explore the personal reminiscences of those reviewing their war-time experiences at a time when those memories are fading and the numbers of those who witnessed war-time first-hand are declining fast.
Films in this theme:
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[Soldiers Marching; Cricket Match, Guildford]
This black and white film shows members of the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on parade and playing a game of cricket on a field next to their Stoughton Barracks in Guildford, Surrey.
[Military Training Exercises and Camp Scenes; Leisure Scenes; Marathon Runners]
This edited film shows the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment during field based training and gun/ mortar weapon demonstrations (?). The officers also drink tea and beer and mess around dressed in dressing gowns and minimal clothing, playing mock musical instruments for a marching band.
[Morning Routines on Army Camp]
This black and white film shows men of the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on a training camp (?) dressed in bath towels undergoing drills and marching during their morning bathing routines.
[Leisure Scenes at Camp; Skill at Arms; Car Games]
This black and white film shows officers from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment dressed in uniform and civilian clothing, playing games and generally messing about on camp. (Continues on TID 8973).
[Leisure Scenes at Camp; Games and Frolics]
This black and white film shows officers from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment dressed in uniform and civilian clothing playing games and generally messing about on a camp. (continued from TID: 8972)
[Leisure Scenes at Camp; Gun Demonstration; Portraits]
This short film shows officers from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on a camp (?) playing a game of car sledding and undertaking a gun and armoured car demonstration.
[Guildford; Competitive Sports; Marching; Portrait]
This edited film show the officers and men from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on base at Stoughton Barracks participating in a sports day event and on parade.
This edited film shows a drill or demonstration with guns and ammunition by the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment at their barracks (Stoughton) or field station (?). The soldiers have group photographs taken and are seen socialising in between shots. A military passenger vehicle is filmed leaving and passes a church and other buildings along the route to another location.
[Camp Scenes; Family on Beach]
This black and white film features two sections, the first is footage of the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on a military camp (possibly in Wiltshire, or Dorset?) and the second is the Lockwood family group at a day out on the beach (Felpham?)
[Morning Camp Scenes]
This short black and white film shows the morning routine of soldiers from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on a training camp. The men wash with a cloth and brush their teeth in the openings of their tents. Others undertake drills and parades. The men also carry metal trays or containers foutside a row of tents (possibly emptying dirty water or collecting fresh water ?). This film is partially out of focus, but contains some scenes of male nudity.
[Camp Scenes; Military Marching]
This short black and white film highlights soldiers from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment undergoing training exercises in a wooded rural landscape (?). Officers march along a road and across a floating pontoon on a river carrying arms and mortar guns. The second section shows the officers waiting to be paid their wages/stipend at a mobile field station and the third section shows soldiers on parade and posing for the camera.
[Air Display; Gun and Combat Training]
This short edited film shows RAF pilots and ground infantry undergoing training exercises and parade drills. Five pilots from 43 (F) squadron fly Hawker Fury Mk1's in formation, followed by a large group of RAF officers on parade outside a building dressed in full uniform. In the final section a small group of soldiers undertake bayonet and hand-to hand-combat training in a field.
[Garden Scenes; Zeppelin Airship]
These two short edited colour films open with the Lockwood family group playing tennis and socialising in a garden whilst others snooze on sun loungers. In the second film a German Zeppelin airship passes over a building. The airship has a Swastika flag on its fins at the rear (out of focus).
[Camp Scenes; Division Photographic Portraits]
This short black and white film shows the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment undertaking drills and parading on a training camp (?). The regiment has photographs taken and various informal scenes are filmed with the men at the camp.
[Games and Frolics at Army Camp; RAF Wedding]
This film is divided into three sections - the first [not included in online clip] is of a group of Queens Royal (West) Surrey soldiers on a training camp messing about 'car sledding'; the second is of an RAF officer's wedding day showing the groom and guests in full RAF dress uniform and busby, and the third, is of a mixed group of adults in their late twenties early thirties, on holiday (?) at a lodge next to a river.
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