Film ID:
YFA 1982



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This is an amateur film which shows the aspects of daily life in the town of Malton, North Yorkshire, during the Second World War.  The film shows an air raid precautions drill in the town centre and evacuees from Hull and Middlesbrough arriving in the town.  The film uses intertitles throughout describing the people, locations, and activities which take place during the film.  

The first intertitle reads, ‘Decontamination Squad, Malton May 1939’ 

The ARP unit in Malton Market Square is practicing for a gas attack.  The ARP unit wear rubber suits, boots and gas masks, and work together to hose down the street, clean their boots in a white liquid and sweep away any dangerous matter resulting from an attack.  A crowd gather around to watch the proceedings from behind a cordoned off area. 

Intertitle:  ‘Government Evacuation Scheme, First Arrivals in Malton from Hull, 1st September 1939’.   

Outside of Malton Railway Station crowds of children gather next to billboards as they wait to meet their host families.  There is a large marquee and the children are led around by nurses.

Intertitle: ‘Pat Burns and Eileen Morton of St Mary’s Convent School Middlesborough with our children, dogs and croquet in garden, Rosewood, 8 Sept. 1939’   

The evacuees who are staying with the Folliott-Ward family – the two elder girls – are playing croquet, and then pose in the family’s garden with the filmmaker’s children.  

Intertitle:  ‘Net ball St Mary’s Convent School 22 V Malton Grammar School 6’ 

A netball match takes place in a school field between some of the girls seen at the station and Malton’s Grammar School.   

Intertitle:  ‘Pat, Eileen and Sheelagh Cox as spectators’  

The girls, watching the match, pose for the camera.  

Intertitle:  ‘Castle Howard, Family and Evacuees 14 Jan. 1940’    

A large group of the girls, including the filmmaker’s daughters, stand on a frozen lake together.  They giggle as they slip and slide about on the ice. 

Intertitle:  ‘Tobogganing Jack O’Lyons Jan. 1940’.   

Some girls in hooded coats prepare to get onto a toboggan in snow. 

Intertitle:  ‘Display by Newlands Convent School, August 1940’ 

The girls form St Mary’s Convent School are putting on a physical education display for a crowd of spectators on the school playing field at Malton Grammar School.   

Intertitle:  ‘Church Parade at St Michael’s 19 Nov 1939, Northumberland Fusiliers’ 

Outside St Michael’s Church, the Fusiliers line up and proceed to parade through Malton Market Square.  The ‘King’s Head’ can be seen in the background. 

Intertitle:  ‘The 5th. West Yorks.’    

The parade is led by the 5th West Yorkshire regiment brass band. 

Intertitle:  ‘Mrs D’arcy Ward, Miss Betty Ward & Captain Moore N F’.  

A group of girls stands outside of the church.   

Intertitle:  ‘Some of family go for a walk!  Sun. 26 Nov. 1939’

Several Labrador dogs swim in a river and then play with the children. 

Intertitle:  ‘Church parade 3 Dec. 1939. The family leaving Rosewood’ 

Intertitle:  ‘The Congregation and the North Fusiliers afterwards’.   

People come out of the church, including the Fusiliers, who then march through the streets. 

Intertitle:  ‘Home for Christmas!  Newlands Convent School 20 Dec. 1939’  

A large group of girls, all in school uniform, are gathered on the platform at Malton Railway Station ready to go home.  They all turn and look at camera.  

Intertitle:  ‘Eileen Morton’

Eileen poses for the camera. 

Intertitle:  ‘Pat Burns’

Pat poses for the camera. 

Intertitle:  ‘Home for Christmas! Hull Commercial College 22 Dec 1939’   

More girls stand in a group and pose.

Intertitle:  ‘Christmas Party for Evacuees 26 Dec 1939’ 

There are interior scenes of both boys and girls at tables eating festive food, laughing and wearing party hats.   Special china has been laid out for the occasion.   

Intertitle:  ‘Mrs Collinson and Fred Knapp’ 

More showing of the children at their Christmas party and the decorations. 

Intertitle:  ‘Miss D. Beaumont Hicks & Rev. D’Arcy ward’ 

The Rev. and Miss Ward with others are chatting and laughing. 

Intertitle:  ‘Present’ 

A group of girls, including the Folliott-Ward’s, are sliding and playing on a frozen pond.  Each runs up and skates towards the camera.  

Intertitle:  ‘John Mason at Malton Station after Dunkirk June 1940’ 

A man in civilian dress and one in army uniform pose for the camera. 

Intertitle:  ‘At Tom Campion’s East Heslerton’s, August 1940’ 

The film closes with a short shot of Tom Campion standing for the camera.