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Newsreel footage of the 50th anniversary of the relief of Ladysmith, plus.... 6 days 8 hours ago #63772

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Who was Bugler Hawksbee/Hawksby?



South Africa's War Rally - veterans of the ABW taking part in a WW2 recruiting parade in Johannesburg.



War veterans' parade at St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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Newsreel footage of the 50th anniversary of the relief of Ladysmith, plus.... 6 days 6 hours ago #63773

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On the subject of ABW-related cinematograph footage, has anyone ever come across film of a crowded city railway station, with soldiers departing, and also of a train going through a level-crossing, with soldiers waving handkerchiefs from windows?

"The citizens of Hull were to-day bent on giving the members of the Army Reserve, who have been called out, a generous send-off. Altogether 70 men have left Hull, and of that number 58 took their departure from Paragon Station this morning.......The cinematograph was employed to record the incidents and movements of the crowd...….Mr W. Barry, photographer, secured a cinematograph film of the train as it passed over the Anlaby-road crossing. Several of the men were waving their handkerchiefs as an adieu to their friends there congregated, and the scene was a most animated one."
Hull Daily Mail, Monday 16th October 1899

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Newsreel footage of the 50th anniversary of the relief of Ladysmith, plus.... 6 days 5 hours ago #63774

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I would suggest Ernest Francis Hawksbee 1st Kings Royal Rifle Corps, a former gas fitter from Islington and serving Militiaman, who, after joining the Army at Hounslow on the 18th of May 1897, was appointed Bugler on May day 1899, I would think, almost certainly, in Pietermaritzburg and who was present in Ladysmith in 1899 during the awful siege, as WO364 very clearly shows, whilst he appears not to be wearing the KSA in the footage, his original paper is stamped Chelsea, with the admission date of the 14th of June 1945.



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South Africa's War Rally - veterans of the ABW taking part in a WW2 recruiting parade in Johannesburg.



War veterans' parade at St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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Newsreel footage of the 50th anniversary of the relief of Ladysmith, plus.... 4 days 5 hours ago #63795

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They were great to watch. Many thanks, Berenice.

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