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    Unused / unissued material - locations unclear or unknown.

    VS of the survivors from the "City of Benares"" leave their rescue ship at a British port. Lots of the survivors are children who wave at the camera. Some are wearing sailors hats from the ships which rescued them.

    Shots of some of the wounded stretcher cases being brought ashore.

    Some of the younger children are carried down the gangplank.

    (The ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic on September 16th 1940 with a loss of 260 lives, many of them children.).


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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:25:00 / 01:09:45:00
    UN 254 G
    Sort Number:
    UN 0254 G
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    War & Revolution
    World War 2 My worksapce dad Benares survivors my history
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. Kathleen Gill says

    The SS City of Benares was actually torpedoed on the 17 Sept not 16th. The boys in this film are 5 of the 6 who were in a lifeboat for 8 days. They were eventually picked up by HMS Anthony.

    Of the 90 child evacuees aboard only 13 survived. They had been on their way to Canada. The majority of the survivors had been picked up by HMS Hurricane on the 18 Sept.

    The boys in the film are Derek Capel, Billy Short, Kenneth Sparks, Howard Claytor and Freddie Steels. The 6th boy Paul Shearing was ill and was in the sickbay.

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