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  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - date and locations unclear or unknown.

    Could be somewhere in Britain or France?

    High angle shot panning across a large group of men of the Canadian Royal Signals Unit. A man at the front of the group speaks into a microphone - natural sound as he explains this is an informal visit to a Canadian Air Support Signals Unit. He says the men we are about to meet welcome the opportunity of saying hello to loved ones back in Canada.

    Canadian despatch rider on motorbike pulls up beside a truck. He introduces himself as Despatch Rider Mottison (sp? Motheson?) from Ontario. He says he used to work on the Canadian-Pacific railway. He sends his love to his mother, waves and rides off again.

    A signal operator called Wally pretends to speak to his mother on his signal set on the back of a truck. He asks her to press his civvy clothes as he'll be needing them soon. Another soldier inside the truck called Corporal Dave Slade asks his father how he likes him as a wireless operator. He says it's been three years since he saw his father and hopes it is not another three years before he sees him again.

    The man who first spoke to us stands with two other men beside a truck and introduces Signalman Smith, who won the British Empire medal for rescuing a pilot from a crashed airplane. Smith says hello to his mother and says he is sorry he hasn't written more often but he'll try to do better in future. He sends his love to the folks at home. A soldier called Johnny sends love to his mother; he and his friends send a whoop to Canada. Corporal Mayberley (?) sends a heartfelt message to his wife and children. An officer speaks to a driver from Montreal. He sends a message to his wife and the son he's never seen.

    The group of men we saw first send three cheers to the folks back home.
    Note: this is a very affecting item! Uses footage from UN 846 B and C.

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  • Data

    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:33:00 / 01:30:12:00
    UN 848 A
    Sort Number:
    UN 0848 A
  • Appears in...

    War & Revolution
    Calling Home Canada in WW2 Despatch riders
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    More footage from two of these interviews can be seen in clip 1961.02. The Signalman Smith interview, which has poor sound here, is much clearer on the other clip.

    Note that the other clip dates the footage as 1943, I'm not sure which date is correct. Identifying exactly who Signal Smith is, and when he won his British Empire Medal, might help solve that mystery.

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