Colours of the 116th Canadian Infantry deposited in Westminster Abbey.
In Safe Keeping - Colours of the 116th Canadian infantry deposited in Westminster Abbey, London.
(In addition there is a montage of scenes and cuts of soldiers from various British areas and colonies / former colonies - the Commonwealth didn't exist yet in name).
Opens with Canadians marching; carrying flags and rifles; rounding a corner. Canadians marching past some spectators. Cut to very overexposed shot of cavalry resembling the Rough Riders; thundering across a desert area (seeming to gallop from out of nowhere; like ghost horses & mystery riders).
Shot of long lines 4-abreast of men in civilian dress; suits of various colours; all marching down street; toward camera (probably somewhere in England). Probably volunteers having just joined up? Cut to shot of soldiers (New Zealand?) marching through an ancient stone gate; in Hyde Park (?).
Another incongruous cut: long lines of men wearing turbans (possibly from India); leading donkeys piled with supplies on a country road.
Great aerial tracking shot over Newcastle moving over the River Tyne, passing close by the Tyne Bridge with a great crowd on it (American cataloguer says - "beautiful design; marvels of modern engineering of the industrial age; etc.").
GV aerial looking across Westminster Bridge at Big Ben and Houses of Parliament; a parade moving on the bridge (very dark shot).
World War One.
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