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  • Short Summary

    War bond drive in Wandsworth where field gun is used to stamp donation books.

  • Description

    Titles read: 'Wandsworth. Peace Reply To Germany.'


    People coming out of a building with tall pillars at entrance; decorated with flags; Union Jacks and flags of other Allies. First an elderly man - Mayor? - then a lot of other old men; a few in uniforms. Veterans' group? Fade to shot of the Mayor and other men in back of a row of 5 women; posing.

    Fade to shot of crowd outside building; a large frame house with flags flying everywhere. Fade again to CU some children looking at camera; one boy is sticking his hand in his mouth (either he's got something stuck in his teeth or he's making a face). Pan to soldier in front of some more kids then CU of him manning the field gun turned into a stamping machine - which seems to have something to do with fund raising events around England - maybe it stamps credit for war bonds; as an alternative to the Tank which is also selling war bonds around the country. The Mayor hands soldier a paper as other officials; etc. look. Soldier stamps it; hands it back; and they salute.

    Patriotism. World War One; home front. Ceremonies

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:21:00 / 01:39:31:00
    ON 108 I

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  1. NeilRobson says

    The date of the event shown in this newsreel is 11 October 1918. The scenes were filmed in the open area in front of the Council House (now residential accommodation) on East Hill, Wandsworth in south-west London. They relate to an intense nationwide ‘Feed the Guns’ savings campaign, launched the previous week in Trafalgar Square which had been transformed into a war-shattered village in France (Illustrated London News, 12 Oct. 1918, p. 425, and film clips 1908.33 & 1910.02). Standing on the platform (at 00:12) are the Town Clerk, D. A. Nicholl, the Mayor of Wandsworth, Sir Archibald Dawnay, and no fewer than five local vicars (Wandsworth Borough News, 18 Oct. 1918, p. 5). The public then purchased war bonds which were stamped (from 00:45 onwards) using a machine placed in the breach of a massive gun, a 9.2-inch British Howitzer, which was surrounded for dramatic effect with camouflage netting. In Wandsworth with a population of c.320,000 at the time, £227,000 was raised for the campaign…

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  2. NeilRobson says

    For the record, the last lines of my comments end: In Wandsworth with a population of c.320,000 at the time, £227,000 was raised for the campaign on that day alone. A month later the Armistice was signed.

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