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    Tank at Dudley during war bond drive (?), plus good shot of front of local cinema.

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    Tank at Dudley, West Midlands.

    A small group of people stand on top of a tank in the middle of a large crowd in a town street - war bond drive? Lots of umbrellas in the crowd, and one held by the people on the tank - looks like a really miserable day. Pan left to show crowds - it looks like some people are watching from the top of an open bus.

    Mayor and other officials, some military, stand beside the tank. Pan across crowds of people, who seem to be standing outside woollen merchants warehouse. One man has crutches. Military officers stand on top of stacked sandbags. Crowds disperse and mill about, staring at camera.

    M/S of cinema with signs for 'The Secret Kingdom'. Sign above entrance reads 'Continuous Performances'. M/S of people gathered round monument or war memorial with bunting across it - Armistice day? M/S of curved front of house with Union Jack flag and bunting flags hanging from it.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:26:00 / 01:05:08:00
    ON 153 C

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  1. Unknown user says

    The first few frames of the clip are of the tank in Brierley Hill at the junction of Church Street and Church Hill, adjacent to St Michael's Church. In early 1918 six Mark IV tanks toured England to promote the sale of war bonds and saving certificates. This is tank no 113 "Julian'.
    (Ref. p46, By Tram From Dudley, Dr Paul Collins, 2013).

    The later scenes are at Dudley in Aston Road and the market place. The Aston Road scene is adjacent to Dudley's cemetery. The house in the background is still standing, although the view is now obscured by two newer homes. A number of civilians lined up in Aston Road appear to be wearing badges. I believe this are Silver Badges issued during the first world war to civilians carrying out important war work or who have returned from active service. They were important to wear to ensure there were no accusations of cowardice.

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