Film ID: YFA 518 Video of YFA_518 Rotherham Services Procession ROTHERHAM SERVICES PROCESSION c.1942 Visitor TabsDescription A film made by Charles Chislett of a wartime service procession and service in Clifton Park, Rotherham, on Remembrance Day 1942. The film begins with a brass band playing in front of the War Memorial in Clifton Park. Military officers and civilians assemble at the memorial. At another location an officer and his driver get into a car and set off for the park. Some officers talk to a boy in front of the memorial. The Lord Mayor, a clergyman, members of various military services and other dignitaries approach the memorial. A procession marches by, including a women's brass band, RAF cadets, WAAF's, the Home Guard and other service personnel, being saluted by officers stood on a stand. These are followed by more military personnel, including the Home Guard, a seaman's brass band, firemen, policemen, civil defence and nurses. A church service then takes place on the bandstand in the park. All the people in the parade stand on the grass bank at Clifton Park to the service. After the service, the Mayor leaves and various dignitaries talk. The units and bands march away. The film closes at the war memorial showing the inscription, 'For Remembrance'. NB On the can of the copy it states: Battle of Britain Sunday 26.9.1943 Context Here we have all the ceremony of a Remembrance Day service and procession held in Clifton Park, Rotherham, 1942. Being the height of the war, it meant that as well as the usual military personnel all the home front services are also in attendance, including a women's brass band. It also meant that many of those attending would surely have lost loved ones in the conflict, which must have given the day an added quality of pathos. This film was made by Rotherham bank manager Charles Chislett, who was an exceptional, almost semi-professional filmmaker. As an active member of the Church Pastoral Aid Society Chislett’s chief interest was in taking films to raise money for charity, giving very many film shows, each accompanied with a lecture. He later made excellent films of his many travels in retirement. Remembrance Day was founded to remember those who lost their lives in the First World War, to coincide with the formal end of hostilities "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month." Now it also serves to remember those who have lost their lives in all subsequent wars.