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The Heroes of Ladysmith Marching through London
A Boer War celebration - but with the war still raging
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
These celebrations, filmed passing the gates of Buckingham Palace in May 1900, are perhaps a little premature - the Boer War was far from won. But this high-angle footage of a large parade of the ‘Heroes of Ladysmith’ demonstrates the public appetite for good news from South Africa. However, despite the bombast on show here, the war was entering its third – guerrilla – phase, notorious for the disproportionately cruel response of the British. Did films such as this contribute to the popular repression of other aspects of the war?
Lord Roberts Presenting Medals to Boer War Volunteers in Liverpool (1901) Lord Roberts Presenting Medals to Boer War Volunteers in Liverpool (1901)
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Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Edinburgh Castle
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Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
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Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins
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Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent Location: Southampton
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