Film ID:
NEFA 17608

COWEN HOUSE OPENING: MEMORIAL UNVEILING BY MARSHALL FOCH: GARDEN PARTY (ELIZABETHAN COSTUME): FAMILY SHOTS

1916-1932

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Description

This amateur film in the Sir Joseph Reed collection records the opening of Joseph & Jane Cowen Training School for Maimed Soldiers & Sailors at Benwell Grange in Newcastle, possibly in September 1917; the unveiling of the Memorial to the Tyneside Irish & Scottish Brigades at La Boisselle by Marshall Foch, an Elizabethan costume garden party at the home of Sir Joseph Reed, and shots of the family probably filmed at  Hethpool House, Kirknewton, near Wooler.

This section opens with a shot of the sign for the "Joseph & Jane Cowen Training School for Maimed Soldiers & Sailors" at Benwell Grange in Newcastle pointing to the opening ceremony.

A line of men, possibly disabled army and navy men, file past camera. 

Title: Arrival of Lord Mayor of Newcastle & Opening of the Home

Led by the mace carrier, dignitaries arrive with the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Michael Moroney, for the opening ceremony he "Joseph & Jane Cowen Training School for Maimed Soldiers & Sailors" at Benwell Grange in Newcastle. 

Title: Speech by Sir Arthur Griffiths Boscawen MP., Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Pensions

Guests and officials at a table applaud and a speech is given by Sir Arthur Sackville Trevor Griffith-Boscawen, M.P. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Pensions (1916-17).

Title: General view before the Ceremony

General view of a large audience in the gardens.

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Title: [Too faint to read.]

Title: Unveiling of Memorial to the Tyneside Irish & Scottish Brigades at La Boisselle by Marshall Foch.

The official ceremony takes place at a memorial to the the Tyneside Irish & Scottish Brigade soldiers lost during the Great War, erected by the trustees of the Colonel Joseph Cowan Fund, and opened by Marshal Foch on the 20 April 1922.

Title: Sir Thomas Oliver's Speech

Sir Thomas Oliver gives a speech, followed by Marshall Foch

Title: Foch's Speech

Title: The Unveiling

The memorial is unveiled.

Title: The Lord Mayor of Newcastle's Speech

A salute and wreath laying by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle follows.

Title: General View During the Ceremony 

General view of small crowd assembled at the ceremony, a young boy finding a viewing point on a bank of earth.

Title: Portrait of The Mayor of La Boiselle and of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle

Group portrait of the Mayor of La Boiselle and of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle

Title: The Officers of the Tyneside Irish & Scottish Regiment Salute before the Monument.

Officers pass the memorial and give the salute.

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[The following sequences are in Kodacolor]

Title: The Beautiful Daughter of Lady Chayter took the part of the Queen

Group portrait of some women in extravagant Elizabethan gowns and headdresses, along with a young boy and girl also in Elizabethan costume. Includes the daughter of Lady Chayter (Isobel (née Scott), daughter of Thomas Scott, former wife of Sir Edmund Chaytor, and later wife of Edwin Burton Fiske.)

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Home movie footage follows of various women chatting or playing with a pet dog in the gardens of a large turreted Edwardian country house (Arts and Crafts style) on a windy day. This is most probably Hethpool House, at Kirknewton, near Wooler, in the heart of the Cheviot Hills, College Valley. General view of hills and a small lake.

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Two women in woolen bathing suits play on a lilo in the sea. portrait shot of the two women, one in a bathing cap.

[Cataloguer's Note: Just off the D929 on the right (towards the Lochnagar crater) is the la Boiselle Tyneside memorial seat. This location is just to the north-west of the 'Glory Hole' and also almost exactly on the British front line of July 1st, 1916. This memorial was erected quite soon after the War, as inscriptions on its rear show. These state that it was approved by Presidential decree on the 13th October 1921, erected by the trustees of the Colonel Joseph Cowan Fund and opened by Marshal Foch on the 20th April 1922.]