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    9th West Yorks in training at Mansfield in preparation for trench warfare.

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    Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

    9th West Yorkshires in training at Mansfield; England; in preparation for trench warfare. Opens with shot of field with barracks in distance. Boom! Suddenly an explosion on the ground. Shot of two British soldiers standing in low trench; lighting a bomb or grenade or whatever; and then throwing it. Shot of soldier throwing another; pan to explosion. And another; same. Next; the two men working on catapult set up in the trench; pulling back spring mechanism with bomb in it; letting it go; launching bomb. Weapons. World War One. Military.

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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:
    01:28:54:00 / 01:30:04:00
    ON 012 J aka G 0381 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    This is unlikely to be 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment, which at the time of this film was serving in France. The unit is almost certainly the 19th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, which was a training battalion, supplying men to the two Leeds 'Pals' battalions of the West Yorks, the 15th and 17th (Bantams). The 19th was stationed at Clipstone Camp near Mansfield at this time. The date of the film is proved by an article in the Leeds Mercury 13 Jan 1916 which shows photos of the catapults featured in the film. The filming is described in a letter dated 11 January 1916 from Pte Henry Coulter of Huddersfield, then training with the 19th Bn: '...we have had the Lord Mayor up & the Cinema Man, as arranged... He took us at Bayonet Fighting, Swedish Drill, With Full Pack & Rifle (as on a route march) & also at Boxing, Football & Dinner, so I think there will be a few more 'smiling faces' on the Gaumont Graphic next week.' Coulter was killed that October. With thanks to Pauline Marples.

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