Footage of the wreckage of the R101 airship which exploded in October 1930.
Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown. 1930?
French title reads: "La Nation Anglaise en deuil. La Catastrophe du dirigeable Britannique."
Beauvais, France. - Shots of the British airship R.101 in the air. CU of the nose of the R101 getting close to the mooring mast. Shots of the tangled wreckage of the airship on the ground. (No shots of the accident itself) People gather to look at the bent metal superstructure which is all that is left after the terrible fire. Various views of the wreck. A plane flies over head and over the wreck. Various shots of wreckage. CU of British flag. French troops ride through the streets of a nearby town. They are followed by horsedrawn wagons carrying coffins of the dead from the accident.
Intertitle reads: Le Representant du President de la Republique, M. Tardieu, M Laurent Eynac et de nombreuses personnalities Francais et etrangeres assistent aux obseques.
A parade of people walk through the street of the town, many of them carry umbrellas.
Flashframe intertitle reads: "L'ultime ceremonie a la gare de Beauvais."
Troops parade past the rows of wagons. They are at Beauvais railway station. M. Eynac and others look on, including one injured man. The coffins, draped with Union Jacks, are loaded onto the train.
People queue outside Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London to pay their respect to the dead. The Lord Mayor of London arrives to pay his respects at Church. Ramsay MacDonald arrives. Other mourners come. Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor) comes out of Church. Troops march in the funeral parade. People arrive for the burial ceremony. The coffins are carried in and laid in a mass grave. A military salute is fired and bugles are played.
N.B. The accident happened on October 4, 1930. 40 + people died. Alternative spelling for search purposes - Ramsey McDonald.