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  • Short Summary

    Good footage of boat trip with music and refreshments for soldiers, laid on by Cunard Line.

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    Cunard River Trip.

    Location of events unknown - could be on Mersey River, Liverpool.

    Cunard Line provides boat outings for wounded British (& Dominion?) soldiers. Jumps from one shot to another; back & forth & out of order. Shots looking down at the men and nurses seated on deck; band playing. Tracking shot looking at another ship moving along. Closer shot of other ship; w/ sailors all lined up along rail; also some up in rigging. MS 2 rather elderly officers; one at the wheel; other walks past him toward camera.

    Shot from ship looking down at soldiers coming aboard; also stretchers being carried up the ramp. Closer shot of men boarding ship; girl stands at top of ramp handing out cigarettes. A few civilian men arrive in car - entertainers? - and chat to some of the soldiers beside the ship. More shots on dock: man in wicker wheelchair; more stretchers being lifted out of ambulance and carried up ramp. Side view women walking up ramp; followed by Australian soldier.

    Music hall type performers entertaining the troops and nurses. MS comedian in plaid waistcoat & beret performs; musicians; soldiers & nurses all around him. Shots of soldiers on boat, waving to camera. MS brave soldier stands up and; reading from sheet music; sings a song; accompanied by the orchestra. MCU 2 civilian men in suits - possibly Cunard executives? Woman singer in a white long jacket / cardigan performs what seems to be a very bouncy song (with her hands in her pockets). MCU happy soldier takes cigarette out of pack.

    Pan on cargo ship. Sailors pose; some lined up on deck; and some sitting in rows in rigging. Shot of the wounded soldiers crowded onto deck of the Cunard boat. MS comedian in tam o'shanter stands chatting in front of ship's wheel with unidentified servicemen (poss. Canadian?); one has disfigured face. MS group of several middle-aged to elderly men in suits; who look like they are related! Cunard execs or owners? Shots panning over the crowded deck: soldiers sitting in chairs crammed into every possible space; women going round serving refreshments; band playing.

    Medicine; casualties. World War One; military. Rest & recreation.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:03:00 / 01:05:34:00
    ON 407 A

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