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    Compilation of Warwick Trading Company films documenting Boer War events.

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    Collection of material made by the Warwick Trading Company and Cecil Hepworth. Many thanks to Luke McKernan at the National Film and Television Archive for his assistance in identifying these stories.


    i) Troops Passing Over Modder River by Train - A train, with locomotives and armoured cars at each end, passes over a temporary bridge erected over the Modder river; Seaforth Highlanders are riding in coal trucks and the train moves towards the camera. Date: 8 December 1899. Cameraman was John Benett-Stanford. Warwick Trading Company catalogue number 5525.

    ii) (Return of the City Imperial Volunteers) Shows the City Imperial Volunteers marching through London having returned from the Boer War. Date: 29 October 1900. Title and production company uncertain. Production company was possibly Cecil Hepworth's.

    iii) (Colonial Troops and Cavalry) Procession of suspiciously neat troops. This film has long been recorded in the NFTVA records as being of the Boer War, however it is probably film of the "Savage South Africa" touring theatrical troupe which visited Britain in 1899, recreating spectacular scenes from African wars. Date and production company uncertain but could be 1899 and the Warwick Trading Company.

    iv) A Skirmish with the Boers Near Kimberley by a Troop of Cavalry Scouts Attached to General French's Column. A staged attack by British troops in South Africa. In three sections, mounted troops ride towards the camera; the troops dismount and set up their Maxim guns; the troops fire from behind some low brushwood. This is the only surviving example of a British military action being staged for the cameras in South Africa (according to the NFTVA). The catalogue description implies that it was meant to be taken as the real thing. Cameraman was Joe Rosenthal and the production company was the Warwick Trading Company. iv) Continued. The three sections of the film were titled as follows: 1 - The Scouts in pursuit of the Boers. 2 - Bringing the Maxims into Action. 3 - A Charge and general fusillade. Date: early 1900s. Warwick Trading Company catalogue number 5545.

    v) Scene on Mr N. Smit's Ostrich Farm, Impanzi, Natal, South Africa. Scenes on an ostrich farm, filmed in Natal during the Boer War. Cameraman was Joe Rosenthal. Date: 1900. Warwick Trading Company catalogue number 5548a.

    vi) Troops Leaving Port Elizabeth Jetty. Newly-arrived British troops march away from the jetty towards a square and are surrounded by the waiting crowds. Cameraman was possibly Edgar Hyman and the production company was the Warwick Trading Company - catalogue number 5619b. Date: March 1900.

    vii) The Australian Mounted Rifles Marching through Cape Town. Ground level view of a column of Australian cavalry riding down Adderley Street in Cape Town watched by enthusiastic crowds. Cameraman was Edgar Hyman and the production company was Warwick Trading Company - catalogue number 5526. Date: 22 December 1899.

    viii) Arrival of Wounded at Hospital Ship. A succession of British soldiers are carried up a gangplank by stretcher-bearers from the quayside to a hospital ship at Durban; walking casualties make their way up a different gangplank. Production company - Warwick Trading Company. Date: 1899. Continued.

    ix) H.M.S. 'Powerful' Arriving in Portsmouth Harbour. The four funnelled H.M.S. Powerful, bringing home British troops who had defended Ladysmith, comes in past the Victory which is dressed with flags for the occasion. This version has an earlier sequence - probably from the same film - of a smaller boat alongside a larger one which is not included in the NFTVA version.

    x) General Buller Embarking on the 'Donnottar Castle' at Southampton. Watched by crowds, Sir Redvers Buller, Lady Buller, the Mayor of Southampton and others walk along the gangway leading to the ship towards the camera. Sir Redvers pauses to be introduced to one of the ship's officers before embarking. Fortuitously, W.K-L. Dickson, war cameraman for the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company, can be seen (without camera) standing on the bottom left (with moustache). Buller was setting off to head the British armed forces in South Africa. W.K-L. Dickson travelled on the Dunottar Castle at the same time.

    Collection of material made by the Warwick Trading Company and Hepworth. Many thanks to Luke McKernan at the National Film and Television Archive for his assistance in identifying these stories.

    The following items are the same as the whole of reel 1.

    The Arrival and Reception of Lord Roberts at Capetown, Lancers Crossing the Modder River, Churned Waters, The 'Roslin Castle' (Troopship) Leaving for South Africa, The Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers Digging Entrenchments at Orange River, South Africa - the Passing of the Armoured Train, Dispersing the Troops at Windsor After Parade, Review of the Life Guards by Her Majesty the Queen, Sir George White Leaving London Hippodrome, General Buller's Transport Train of Ox-Teams. See record for Reel 1.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1899 - 1900
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    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
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    01:29:46:00 / 01:44:43:00

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