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  • Short Summary

    A blind war hero unveils a memorial to employees at Port Sunlight. Lord Leverhulme attends.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Blind hero unveils memorial. Lord Leverhulme attends ceremony to the 481 employees who fell in the War. Port Sunlight, Merseyside.

    M/S of Lord Leverhulme standing in front of the memorial. The flags are pulled off, M/S of the blind soldier holding the flags and being helped down the steps. M/S of military people saluting. L/S of the memorial surrounded by crowds of people. Lord Leverhulme stands and makes a speech on the steps of the memorial, he chats to the soldier.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    250.02
    Media URN:
    22650
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1921
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:40:00 / 01:02:33:00
    Canister:
    G 831

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    Inscriptions on the memorial tell us that the unveiling took place on 3 December 1921.

    Furthermore, the inscription informs us that the blind soldier referred to is Sergeant E. George Eames, who lost his sight at the first battle of the Somme in 1916. (Postcards of the 1920s show that George Eames went on to be a singer in clubs and at functions, calling himself "The Blind Baritone").

    Also involved in the unveiling is Private Robert Edward Cruickshank, awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918. Details of his award-winning actions can be found here....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E
    dward_Cruickshank

    Details about the war memorial can be found here...

    http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-data
    base/5061/



  2. colineames says

    I never knew my grandfather; he died on Easter Morning in 1935 when my father was only 12 years old. I was told the story of how he was buried alive when a German shell landed close to him when I was old enough to understand. I have visited the beautiful war memorial in Port Sunlight several times in my adult years. However, apart from one old photograph of him, I had never seen him properly until last year when I discovered the British Pathe Newsreel made in 1921. You can imagine my huge pleasure at seeing him, in his brief moment of glory after all these years. Lord Leverhulme was a fine man and a great philanthropist. My grandfather had worked for him at Port Sunlight before the War and he tried to set my grandfather up as a poultry farmer after the War. Sadly, with no sight and shrapnel damage to his left arm this was impossible. Fortunately he had a fine baritone voice so he became a professional singer and shared the bill with some quite famous names in the operatic world.

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