Documentary tracing the history of the St John's Ambulance Association.
Reel 2. Beginning of the reel missing? Herne Bay, Kent. Procession of young St John's Ambulance cadets (short shot). Brighton, Sussex: parade of St John's Ambulance personnel. Sir Alma Hunter Weston takes the salute at a review of divisions. C/U of Sir Alma saluting. Men and women in uniform process past.
Hughendon Manor, Buckinghamshire - home of Benjamin Disrali - Earl of Beaconsfield. In the gardens there is a gathering of St John's Ambulance personnel. It seems as though a service is in progress. Men march past the camera, some in uniform others in mufti. Secretary General of the Order Sir Percival Wilkinson inspects the Buckinghamshire Division. Nurses march past. Sir Percival walks along a row of nurses to inspect. "And Sir Percival was most interested in a stalwart young cadet." He stands and looks at a row of young boys in uniform.
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire. Members of the Association stand outside the cathedral. General Sir John Duncan inspects divisions drawn from Hampshire and Dorsetshire (sic) brigades.
Hyde Park in London - very large parade of brigades. Lord Mayor of London together with his Officers of the Corporation attend the annual inspection and take the salute. The Mayor inspects members of the brigade. March past. His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught on another of these annual inspection days watches a march past. Closer shot of the Duke and Sub Prior as the Duke takes his hat off to the members of the Association. The Earl of Scarborough and Major General Sir Percival Wilkinson are seen in C/U. His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught is seen carrying out the duties of Inspecting Officer. He walks amongst the brigade members and is particularly interested in retired servicemen and nursing sisters from overseas.
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, is introduced to several of these nursing sisters, they curtsy as he shakes their hands. March past of nurses and other brigade members.
Her majesty Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) gets out of a car and shakes hands with various people. She is received by Major General the Earl of Shaftesbury and Major General Sir Percival Wilkinson. We see the Queen walking through crowds. Major General Sir John Duncan oversees the parade, Colonel Sleaman accompanies him. The Queen stands on a balcony and surveys the parade. Men in uniform march past. Cameramen visible. Nurses march past. C/Us of the Queen smiling and shaking hands with the Surgeon in Chief Dr Corbet Fletcher and the Senior Officers and nurses who had been selected to be presented to her. She chats with a nurse and shakes hands with a Senior Officer. Overseas divisions march past. Young girl recruits stand to attention. View of nurses marching past with the Queen visible on the podium beyond. Appeal to the men and women of the movement to carry on their work. Ends with shot of King George and Queen with Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret getting out of a car. "God Save Our King" plays on the soundtrack.
Note: majestic music (including "Land of Hope and Glory") and grand sentiments expressed throughout.
Reel 2 is badly scratched.
Note: Reel 1 is on tape *PM1375* (film id 1375.09). See separate records for details.