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    Item showing survivors of the 'Otranto'. Also trench building.

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    Some of the survivors of the 'Otranto'.


    Pan along group of Canadian soldiers arranged in a few rows facing camera; waving and cheering, one has a little kitten which he waves about. Short shot of wheelbarrow race. MS some soldiers standing around a sheep; petting the creature.

    The wheelbarrows lined up in a row; suddenly soldiers run across field; grab the wheelbarrows and push them away. Various shots as soldiers build trench using a truck that slides on a track (which can be lengthened as they go along). They slide it forward; then dump the earth out, other soldiers pack it in with shovels.

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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:
    01:19:11:00 / 01:20:51:00
    ON 111 D

Comments (2)

  1. Les Wilson says

    I've done some research into the loss of HMS Otranto, a luxury liner that was converted into an armed merchant cruiser for World War One. It was sunk off the island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland on October 6th 1918, with about 1000 soldiers aboard as well as the crew. About 600 men were taken off by a British destroyer, and they were landed at Belfast and subsequently transported to England.
    But all the soldiers on board were Americans, not Canadians.
    I've never heard of another 'Otranto' in a WW1 context.
    Can anyone explain?

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  2. Maureen401 says

    To the best of my knowledge, I too am unaware of any Canadian troops on board the HMS Otranto. There were about 30 French fishermen rescued after an earlier incident in the crossing, when on 1st October their vessel (La Croisine) collided with the Otranto and was sunk. Of the 600 men rescued by the Mounsey, roughly half were American troops, whilst the remainder were the British crew.

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