H.M.S. `POWERFUL' ARRIVING IN PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR

pc. Hepworth and Co.

date: 24 April 1900

35mm bw st 54ft 1min viewing copy (in THROUGH THREE REIGNS)

The four-funnelled H.M.S. Powerful, bringing home British troops who

had defended Ladysmith, comes in past the Victory which is dressed with

flags for the occasion.

Note: Held in the THROUGH THREE REIGNS compilation film under the title

H.M.S. `POWERFUL' ARRIVES IN PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR BRINGING HOME THE

HEROES OF LADYSMITH. Also held under the title HEROES OF LADYSMITH.

Hepworth catalogue no. 101: "This photograph was taken from the pier at

Portsmouth, and has for a background Nelson's Flag Ship, the Victory,

gaily decorated with bunting in honour of the home-coming of the modern

war vessel. The Powerful is bringing home those heroes who fought so

well and so successfully at Ladysmith, to whome indeed the credit for

preventing the fall of that gallant garrison should be accorded. As the

famous war ship passes slowly into the harbour an excellent panoramic

view of the vessel is obtained".

THE HEROES OF LADYSMITH MARCHING THROUGH LONDON

pc. Warwick Trading Company

date: 7 May 1900

35mm bw st 125ft 2mins viewing copy

A naval detachment, including marines, from H.M.S. Powerful, are seen

marching through London prior to review by the Prince of Wales. The

procession is headed by a military band and includes guns used in the

relief of Ladysmith. Taken in long shot, viewed from above.

Note: Warwick Trading Company catalogue no. 5658b. There is no

description in the Warwick catalogue except to say that the film is

similar to no. 5657, the description to which is as follows: "This

magnificent film shows the arrival of the `Powerful's' `handy men' at

Windsor, marching towards Windsor Castle previous to their inspection

by Her Majesty. The procession is headed by the Life Guards' Band, with

Captain Lambton leading the heroes of Ladysmith, followed by the

Marines, two Maxims, and a 12-pounder gun, painted a khaki colour,

these guns being the identical ones used at Ladysmith".

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REVIEW OF THE H.M.S. `POWERFUL' NAVAL BRIGADE

pc. Warwick Trading Company

date: 7 May 1900

35mm bw st 96ft 1min viewing copy

A naval detachment, including marines, headed by a military band and

watched by cheering crowds, passes down the Mall prior to its review by

the Prince of Wales at Horse Guards Parade. The procession includes

guns used at Ladysmith. A continuation of the above.

Note: Warwick Trading Company catalogue no. 5660b: "The guns (painted

khaki), used at Ladysmith, are also drawn past, making a most

interesting picture, with the Horse Guards Barracks forming an

appropriate background".

THE 5-INCH SIEGE GUNS CROSSING VAAL RIVER

ph. Joe Rosenthal

pc. Warwick Trading Company

date: c.24 May 1900

35mm bw st 93ft 1min viewing copy

African drivers and British soldiers stand by the bank of the Vaal

river urging on the long teams of oxen as they draw the siege guns down

towards the water.

Note: Warwick Trading Company catalogue no. 5737a: "Showing a general

view of the Vaal River, the stream which is the dividing line between

the Transvaal and Orange Free State. The 60,000 men of General Roberts'

army were compelled to cross this river by no other means than fording

same. This view shows the siege guns being drawn across the stream by

ox teams, urged on by native drivers with long whips. Lots of action. A

splendid subject". However, it has been suggested that this film may

instead be NAVAL GUN CROSSING THE VET RIVER DRIFT, taken by Rosenthal,

catalogue no. 5674a: "One of the most interesting of all the South

African War Series, showing a 4.7-inch Naval Gun and Transport being

drawn across the drift by ox teams which splash through the water and

tug at the heavy gun in crossing. As the gun descends the steep

embankment of the river it is held back by ropes in the hands of scores

of troops. A fine film, photographically perfect".

(MATCHES: AN APPEAL)

GB 1899 (?)

ph/anim. Arthur Melbourne-Cooper (?)

16mm bw st 12ft 1min viewing copy

Stop-motion animation. A matchstick man on a stepladder paints on a

wall the following appeal: `For one guinea Messrs Bryant & May will

forward a case containing sufficient to supply a box of matches to each

man in a battalion with the name of the sender inside'.

Note: This film has been traditionally dated as 1899 and hence

referring to the Boer War, but reported physical evidence suggests that

it is of a later date and therefore presumably relates to the First

World War.

THE FUNERAL OF SIR GEORGE WHITE, V.C.

(Topical Budget 45-1)

GB 1912

pc. Topical Film Company

release date: 3 July 1912

35mm bw st 69ft 1min viewing copy

Newsreel item. Funeral procession in London for Sir George White, `the

gallant defender of Ladysmith'.