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Remembrance

The First World War dead were commemorated as they fell. That act of remembrance has never ceased. For the survivors, it invokes a range of emotions, not least pride, sorrow and anger.

These poignant films return us to a time when the war was still fresh.

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Funeral at the Front
Funeral at the Front
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Funeral at the Front

Non-Fiction19151 minsSilent

Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.

Armistice
Armistice
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Armistice

Musical192916 mins

Take your seat for an Armistice concert by military bands playing a medley of songs commonly sung during WWI.

Remembrance Day in Dunham Massey
Remembrance Day in Dunham Massey
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Remembrance Day in Dunham Massey

Amateur film19793 minsSilent Location: Dunham Massey Hall

Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Cheshire.

Rotherham Services Procession
Rotherham Services Procession
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Rotherham Services Procession

Non-Fiction19429 minsSilent Location: Rotherham

This is an absorbing film of a Remembrance Day service and procession in Rotherham, unusual in being held in wartime, and made more poignant for being so.

Armistice Day Poppies
Armistice Day Poppies
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Armistice Day Poppies

Non-Fiction19280 minsSilent

Newsreel tribute to the WWI fallen on the 10th anniversary of the war's end.

Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series
Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series
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Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series

Roll of Honour film191514 minsSilent

A rare surviving WWI memorial film, featuring poignant images of men killed or injured serving in the armed forces.

Hedd Wyn
Hedd Wyn
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Hedd Wyn

War1992115 mins Location: Trawsfynydd

The stirring story of poet Ellis Evans-Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet posthumously awarded the Eisteddfod chair at Birkenhead in 1917 after failing to return from 1st World War trenches.

Royal Honour for Famous School
Royal Honour for Famous School
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Royal Honour for Famous School

Non-Fiction19301 minsSilent Location: Windsor Castle

In the grounds of Windsor Castle, George V presents new colours to the Eton College Officers' Training Corps.

Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919
Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919
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Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919

Non-Fiction191913 minsSilent Location: Haslingden

Charming, fun and heartwarming portrait of a Lancashire town coming together to celebrate Peace Day.

Nurse and Martyr
Nurse and Martyr
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Nurse and Martyr

Biopic191511 minsSilent

The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.

Banstead's Volunteer Services Celebrate Armistice Day and Other Events
Banstead's Volunteer Services Celebrate Armistice Day and Other Events
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Banstead's Volunteer Services Celebrate Armistice Day and Other Events

Amateur film194119 minsSilent Location: Banstead

Banstead's civil defenders are out in force in this compilation of events from the town's calendar - featuring a Drum Service, a cricket match and Armistice day processions.

Armistice Day - Llandrindod Wells
Armistice Day - Llandrindod Wells
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Armistice Day - Llandrindod Wells

News19393 minsSilent Location: Llandrindod Wells/Llandrindod

This is thought to be footage of an Armistice Day parade in Llandrindod which includes armed forces veterans, police, Girl Guides, nurses and Air Raid Patrol [ARP] wardens.

Lads of the Village
Lads of the Village
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Lads of the Village

Comedy191976 minsSilent

Humour and adventure as the returning heroes of an English village recount their exploits in the Mesopotamian war.

Preston and District Roll of Honour, 10th Series
Preston and District Roll of Honour, 10th Series
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Preston and District Roll of Honour, 10th Series

Roll of Honour film19152 minsSilent Location: Preston

Moving record of relatives waving a fond farewell to departing loved ones during WWI.

Pontypridd Armistice Day Parade and Service 1952 and Coronation Festivities 1953
Pontypridd Armistice Day Parade and Service 1952  and Coronation Festivities 1953
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Pontypridd Armistice Day Parade and Service 1952 and Coronation Festivities 1953

Amateur film195230 minsSilent Location: Taff's Well

‘The Brave Don’t Cry’ shouts a poster advertising a film of the title, as Pontypridd citizens march past, commemorating the dead of WW1 and II. By contrast, the Coronation is fun.

Poppies of Flanders
Poppies of Flanders
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Poppies of Flanders

Non-Fiction19281 minsSilent Location: Richmond

A one-armed soldier is among those shown diligently manufacturing poppies on the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day at a factory in Richmond.

Jubilee
Jubilee
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Jubilee

Documentary193510 minsSilent Location: Stepney

While Britain celebrates... A caustic reminder of conditions for London's East End underclass in George V's jubilee year.

Lest We Forget: The Nicholson War Memorial
Lest We Forget: The Nicholson War Memorial
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Lest We Forget: The Nicholson War Memorial

Non-Fiction192511 minsSilent Location: Leek

Huge crowds flock to Leek to witness the unveiling of the town's tribute to the Great War's fallen. At 90 feet the Nicholson War Memorial is the tallest in the country.

Remembrance Day 1925
Remembrance Day 1925
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Remembrance Day 1925

Non-Fiction19253 minsSilent Location: London

Newsreel cameras capture the crowds and royalty gathered to mark the seventh "Great Silence" on Remembrance Day 1925.

At Home in Shanghai and a Trip to Hong Kong
At Home in Shanghai and a Trip to Hong Kong
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At Home in Shanghai and a Trip to Hong Kong

Amateur film19284 minsSilent Location: Shanghai

Chinese junks and British battleships appear together in this film depicting the 1928 Armistice Day in Hong Kong.

Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
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Remembrance Day

Non-Fiction19357 minsSilent Location: Westminster

In inauspicious times these members of Leeds Jewish community set off for London in a joyful atmosphere, only for the mood to become more sombre as they file past the Cenotaph.

Liverpool Honours Heroes
Liverpool Honours Heroes
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Liverpool Honours Heroes

Non-Fiction19161 minsSilent

Poignant scenes as a public roll of honour for Liverpool and Merseyside's war dead is unveiled.

Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
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Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton

Non-Fiction19277 minsSilent Location: Alfreton

Thousands gather in Alfreton to remember the dead of the Great War.

Leeds Jewish ex-Servicemen's and Women's Association at Remembrance Service 1948
Leeds Jewish ex-Servicemen's and Women's Association at Remembrance Service 1948
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Leeds Jewish ex-Servicemen's and Women's Association at Remembrance Service 1948

Amateur film19488 minsSilent Location: Westminster

Members of the Leeds Branch of Jewish Ex-servicemen and women Association travel to London for the annual Remembrance Service.

"Die-hards" Who Did Not Die in Vain
"Die-hards" Who Did Not Die in Vain
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"Die-hards" Who Did Not Die in Vain

Non-Fiction19221 minsSilent Location: Mill Hill

A sombre Prince of Wales – later Edward VIII – unveils a striking memorial to the 12,694 members of the Middlesex Regiment who died in the First World War.

Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
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Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919

Non-Fiction19195 minsSilent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon

Flintshire lost hundreds of men on the WW1 battlefields, Holywell contributing 32 who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall, seen here being unveiled.

Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial
Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial
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Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial

Non-Fiction193313 minsSilent Location: Birmingham

Remembering the fallen comrades of the Warwickshire Regiment in a solemn ceremony fifteen years after the Armistice.

Victory and Peace
Victory and Peace
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Victory and Peace

War191816 minsSilent

One reel of a feature about a German invasion of Britain.

The Somme
The Somme
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The Somme

War1927109 minsSilent Location: Hounslow

Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme

Fallen Heroes
Fallen Heroes
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Fallen Heroes

Non-Fiction19181 minsSilent Location: Hillingdon

A war shrine is unveiled in Hillingdon by one of Britain’s leading wartime politicians

Market Harborough: Unveiling of the Memorial Cross
Market Harborough: Unveiling of the Memorial Cross
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Market Harborough: Unveiling of the Memorial Cross

Non-Fiction192113 minsSilent Location: Market Harborough

The town of Market Harborough turns out for the solemn occasion of the unveiling of their Great War memorial to commemorate the dead of the 1914-'18 conflict.

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