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    The funeral of Sir John Alcock in Manchester. Full titles read: "ATLANTIC HERO BURIED. Funeral of Sir John Alcock, the unfortunate victim of a flying accident in France".

    M/S A very picturesque setting for a very sombre occasion, soldiers march in single file along path, guns tucked under their left arm. On either side is short grass with various trees in the background, a church spire can just be seen. A superior official possibly a General walks behind. As the procession moves along we can see two clergymen, followed by the pallbearers. The coffin has the union flag draped over the top, another official walks from left to right with a salute in the direction of the pallbearers. As the procession marches off screen we can see a crowd of onlookers dressed in black.

    M/S A group of soldiers carrying a large floral wreath slowly bend down and lower it to the ground (presumably close to Alcock's grave) between two trees, the soldiers stand upright and move off to the left.

    C/U onlookers can be seen in the background just behind a large headstone. In the foreground two superior officials hold up the floral wreath for the camera. The wreath looks stunning, a mixture of beautiful looking flowers and greenery incorporated onto an aeroplane propellor, (perhaps from one of Alcock's planes). Surely a fitting tribute to one of the great pioneering aviators.

    Note: Safety print exists located on the Hold Rack (38)

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:11:00 / 01:02:16:00
    G 629
    Sort Number:
    G 0629
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    Historical Figures & Celebrities Travel & Exploration Religion & Politics
    Early Manchester
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Sir John Alcock was half of the famous Alcock and Brown partnership, who together piloted the world's first non-stop Transatlantic flight.

    Alcock was killed on 18 December 1919, after crashing his plane in fog.

    The graveyard scenes in this clip take place in Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater Manchester.

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