Film ID:
YFA 4456

FOR THE FALLEN

c.1960

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Description

This film shows a Memorial Day procession and shots of Harrogate Stonefall Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.

The film begins using pages of a book for the opening titles. 

Title - For the Fallen
Adapted from Laurence Binyon’s poem
By arrangement with the local war graves adoption council.

A procession which is led by a marching band marches down the street   A sign reads: “Wetherby Road Cemetery War Graves Air Forces Plot.”  A stone on the ground surrounding a plot of flowers has inscribed on it: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them”, a quote from the previously mentioned Laurence Binyon poem.

An older woman and a young, blonde girl wearing a white dress, walk into the cemetery.  They are carrying flowers. In the wrought iron gates are the dates 1939 and 1945. The cemetery is full of white grave stones and red roses. They place flowers before one of the grave stones on which there is an inscription, “Known unto God”. They put the flowers in a jar dug into the earth, and we see that there are many flowers on and around all the graves.

A man goes up the steps of a building and inside. Out of a safe in the wall he takes out a list and points to a line. The film cuts to a grave marked: “R. 4215737 Flying Officer R.B. Bradshaw. Air Bomber. Royal N.Z. Air Force. 4th October 1944. Age 20”. The film then shows three more graves: “R. 270450. Sergeant N.R. Stubbs. Air Gunner. Royal Canadian Air Force. 20th November 1944. Age 20”, “Flight Lieutenant L.G. Sullivan DFM. Royal Australian Air Force. 10th January 1945. Age 32”, “M.B. Stock. Pilot. Royal Canadian Air Force. 8th February 1943” (this last one features a Star of David; the age of the soldier is cut off on the film).

Title - The Annual Service of Remembrance

A soldier stands before the stone of remembrance: “Their Name Liveth for Evermore”. Once again, there is a marching band, men parading with flags. Crowds stand on the side-lines watching. They sing hymns and there are further shots of the cemetery.

Title - We will remember [text cut off]…while the light last [cut off]… And in the darkness [cut off]… We Will Remember Them.

Title - This film was awarded the Huddersfield trophy in the 16mm class at the West Riding Ciné group competition 1960.