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  • Short Summary

    Men injured during the first world war learn new trades.

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    Modified WPA record.

    World War One; disabilities. Amputee veterans - on crutches coming out of building- sign Queen Mary's Workshop. They learn trades - a vocational school for wounded. skills; crafts. A long line of one-legged men; a few with both legs but missing an arm; and one double leg-amputee in a wheelchair. Sad. Pan along group of the men posing; with Red Cross nurse. CU white-moustached officer and an official. Shoemaking: men working on boots. CU Man wearing apron; hammering. Another hammers sole of boot; pan to Instructor helping man. Office machines. Men sit at typewriters - man typing 1-handed. Man running an adding machine. A group of wounded veterans sit in a class; pan across; instructor; an Army man; in BG stands at blackboard writing the non-word Stickability (is that like Stick-to-it-ive-ness?) - then turns; speaks; using encouraging arm-gestures making fist etc.

    Playing cricket. Some of the men are hopping on their one leg Veterans learn to work on automobiles etc. Pan across workshop (rather dark). Pan on electrical workshop Man does something w/ wires in FG; man climbs ladder in BG. CU man on ladder - - as he climbs one sees his legs are cut off at knee - he's climbing on the stumps. He hooks up some wire; climbs down; to wheelchair.

    Woodworking. Several men stand at table; making cabinets. CU man sanding corner of window frame. Old stove w/ kettle in BG.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:40:00 / 01:12:10:00
    ON 162 B

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  1. Unknown user says

    This clip shows Queen Mary's Workshop, set up in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, when it was being used as a Hospital for the Limbless. The Limbless Hospital was set up in April 1916 with Queen Mary's Workshop opened in August of that year. The workshop was designed to help retrain soldiers who had suffered amputations in skills that would hopefully find them employment when released from the army. The Limbless Hospital continued in use for 4 years but was closed by the time that the Pavilion was eventually handed back to the Brighton Authorities in August 1920. Brighton Museum holds an archive for other similar material from this period.

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  2. TD2000 says

    I think the man talking to the officer (1min 45 sec) is Alfred Gabriel Baker Superintendent of Queen Mary's Workshops. See link below:

    He was awarded an OBE for his work in the 1918 New Year Honours.

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