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  • Short Summary

    Soldiers parade through the streets of Cwmbran for the funeral of a Victoria Cross winner.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Cwmbran, Wales. Britain's oldest V.C. Hail & farewell to Mr. John Fielding - better known as Private John Williams, V.C. - hero of Rorke's drift in 1879!"

    Cwmbran, Wales.

    Soldiers with their rifles reserved lead military procession. Some of them carry wreaths. They are followed by a military band - who are not playing. The drums are muffled.

    A horse drawn gun carriage passes by carrying the coffin of Victoria Cross (VC) winner John Fielding aka John Williams. The coffin is draped with a British Union Jack flag.

    Soldiers and veterans slow march through the streets of this Welsh town. The flags of the local branch of the Royal British Legion are on show.

    The coffin is carried into the Churchyard by soldiers for the funeral service. Crowds have gathered to pay their respects.

    Soldiers fire a salute with their rifles.

    Sound Track missing.

    * This soldier was one of the last survivors of the Zulu war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    689.42
    Media URN:
    5302
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1932
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:42:00 / 01:57:02:00
    Canister:
    32/96

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Details of the actions for which Williams was awarded the Victoria Cross are here....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo
    hn_Williams_(VC)

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