Social History | 1950 | Sound | B/W
Work of the Red Cross.
Exterior of Rex cinema at night, London bus passes. Audience sitting in the dark. People watch Movietone newsreel in the Rex cinema about Hungarian refugees.
“Red Cross goes in”. A convoy of vehicles laden with supplies for Hungary. Food and clothes supplied by the Free World, followed by discussion of other work carried out by the Red Cross.
A newspaper poster highlighting the Hungarian emergency “Refugees pour over border”.
London Headquarters of the British Red Cross make arrangements for 11,000 refugees to move to Britain in one month. Individual Airlines offer assistance and with the co-operation of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation a plan is roughed out in 48hours.
Various members are shown busy organising the details for the escorts that accompany each party. They are trained to cope quietly with women and children and badly shocked men. On arrival they are met by parties of Doctors, Nurses, and where necessary Midwives all ready to deal with any emergency. Paperwork was reduced to a minimum, with no discrimination shown to the refugees Britain accepted.
2m20ss A blackboard showing the various airports with times and plane numbers shown.
The army also helped by providing camps. 3000 refugees were housed at the Dover Camp. English speaking hosts were found. Each family was interviewed and future plans discussed with the head of the family. Papers were signed and all families were ready for departure.
3m35s A young boy Parta Hoffman is apprehensive but his sister Susannah is unafraid.
German was used as intermediate language when trying to translate the different dialects.
3m51s Time for departure and each refugee was handed a bag of sandwiches for the journey. They carried all their possessions in bags and cases and travelled by bus to Dover Priory Railway Station where special trains were laid on for the different locations that had agreed to take them, i.e. Scotland was taking 200 refugees.
Hot soup was handed out on the platform by Red Cross helpers. Departure from the station and a new life and jobs for all.
5m5s London Streets and George Free pictured working for a Fleet ST. News Agency
And saved from despair by the Red Cross.
5m34s Another aspect of the work done by the R.C. is now shown with an operative manning a Radio Station a crew of two . A licence is required for the equipment and logging of calls. 5m53s A telegraph boy arrives handing in a telegram message. The operator immediately transmits message to a member. A listening watch at receiving end wastes no time in passing on the message. Police and other authorities are alerted on a National basis.
By next morning teams are alerted to scene of floods.
7m25sWaves from distressed woman are spotted and Red Cross First Aiders though tired from lack of sleep set off with Walkie-Talkie wading through shallow flood water. A Mother is worried about her daughter, telephone lines are down, her husband is away and she is unable to leave her daughter to contact Dr. It is decided that hospital attention is needed so Walkie-Talkie is used to contact car driver who has a more powerful radio . A map is used to pinpoint location and Base is contacted who immediately request ambulance be sent. The saving of life and relief in distress is the reason for this network in the community.
8m57s The arrival of Meals on Wheels delivering hot meals several times a week to sick and aged people incapable of fending for themselves. Mrs Clarke is featured receiving her lunch and enjoying a gossip and hearing the news.
9m33s Man at work using a handloom in a disabled club where skills and making new friends is vital in enabling people to help themselves and conquer their disabilities.
9m56s A sewing group is also featured .
General comment that a little bit of kindness and generosity is so easy to give.
The Red Cross is the proudest Badge you can wear.
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