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  • Short Summary

    An enthusiastic send off for troops bound for China leaving London and Southampton.

  • Description

    Item title reads:" Quickest mobilisation ever. Thousands of troops and munitions embark and leave for "Somewhere in China." Rousing scenes as London said "good-bye" to the Guards."


    Panning shot along a long row of armoured cars mounted on rail carriages. A steam train puffs into shot. M/S along the carriages of the train with men hanging out of every window, waving enthusiastically. M/S of a line of trucks with gun carriages on them. Soldiers move along in line carrying kit bags, some with white pith helmets. One has a large label, or ticket on his kit. They move on up the gang plank to board the ship. A row of men shuffle about before presenting arms. A queue of men join the crowded ranks on the decks, followed by some women in some sort of uniform with a smart light coat and hat - perhaps nurses. They all wave on board.

    A mass of men rush across a large parade ground to line up and report .M/S of a brass band playing and marching along through some gates. M/S stream of soldiers marching across Westminster Bridge, carrying kit bags, with crowds and mounted police alongside. The Houses of Parliament is seen in the background. High angle shot of the massed crowds moving along the bridge, including the brass band. There are people in cars and bicycles on the bridge too.

    Intertitle reads: "First naval contingents have arrived at Shanghai."

    Shanghai, China

    A junk makes its way along the river in Shanghai, and the British naval vessels are seen arriving, followed by some brief shots of Shanghai dockside scenes.

    Note: Looks like an enthusiastic and supportive send off for troops, only 9 years after the end of the First World War.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:13:00 / 01:16:08:00
    G 1368

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  1. Unknown user says


    The 'London' section of the clip shows the 2nd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. They are leaving Wellington Barracks and marching through the gates into Birdcage Walk. The Corps of Drums are is the band leading the Battalion across Westminster Bridge for Waterloo Station. They embarked on the SS Kinfauns Castle on 22nd January 1927 and arrived in Shangai on 10th March. The purpose of the hasty departure was to protect British interests in Shangai at the time of the Chinese Civil they were sent to bolster the Shangai Defence Force.


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