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    Item title reads - Bus tragedy funeral.

    Funeral of 3 of the 24 cadets killed by a bus whilst marching at night. Gillingham, Kent.

    M/S of first coffin leaving catholic church "Our Lady of Gillingham". C/U of the church sign. M/S as the second coffin leaves the church, they are borne by men of the Royal Marines. Various shots of the mourners standing outside. M/S as the third coffin is put in the hearse. Various shots of mourners leaving the church and choirboys following with candles. C/U small cadet saluting. The funeral procession makes its way down the road past crowds lining the street. M/S Union Jack flag at half-mast.

    M/S of choirboys and clergymen walking in procession through the cemetery. Camera pans to marines carrying the coffins. M/S as coffins are placed in their graves. Various shots of the graveside service. M/S of children by gravestones. C/U's crosses bearing the names 'Cunningham, James Francis', 'Walker, K' and 'Murphy, Laurence Peter'. C/U woman blessing graves with Holy Water.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:10:09:00 / 01:11:45:00
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    Religion & Politics War & Revolution
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The tragedy occurred on 4 December 1951.

    "Walker, K" was 12-year-old Keith Walker.

  2. says

    my half brother was in this disaster john henry burdett aged 10 his father was william henry burdett married to daisy maud hammond found where he is burried and i will be putting a red rose on them all

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