Film: 7870

Social History | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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An extract of Sure and Stedfast, a film about the Boy's Brigade (BB) 1940's
BB flag and recruitment poster. Boys in suits and jackets walk into a village hall, welcomed by boy in uniform. Boys queue at table in order to be recruited for the BB. Uniformed boys stand around. New recruits drill, march up and down in village hall with uniformed boys. Lectures on conduct expected, morality and loyalty to the Queen. The badges system is explained for achievements in crafts and first aid. The enrolment ceremony: new recruits in uniform sit in large church, a vicar presides. The winter session: boy bugler, drill, bible class: large hall full of boys which the BB hope 'to make Christian men'. Leisure activities: room full of boys playing board games and pool; gymnastics; learning the bugle in a group; cross country running; swimming and diving in pool; map reading and orienteering; communicating over a distance: signalling, radio and wireless operating, Morse code, flag signalling, semaphore. Annual company display in the spring (parents day): drill, gymnastic display: boys vaulting in shorts, crab-football, syncronised exercise display, first aid demonstration, applause, prize giving.

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