ID numberF07438
Collection typeFilm
TitleAustralian contingent to take part in the victory parade London. Australian contingent film out takes.
Measurement45 min 23 sec
Object typeTo be confirmed
  • Cuffley, Leighton Edward
  • Scale, Clement Stewart
Place made
  • Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
  • Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
  • Australia: Western Australia, Perth
  • Ceylon: Colombo
  • Germany: Berlin
  • Malta
Date madeApril 1946-August 1946
DescriptionThis film shows the story of the two hundred and fifty servicemen and women who were chosen to represent the RAN, AIF and RAAF at the Victory Parade held in London on 8 June 1946. It starts with the AIF contingent being kitted out and training in marching and arms drill at Watsonia Camp, VIC, and proceeds to show the full contingent marching through Melbourne, VIC, to embark on HMAS Shropshire. Following this are scenes as the contingent marches through Perth, WA. Capetown is the next port of call and then arrival at Portsmouth. Scenes show life in the tented camp in Kensington Gardens and training marches and parades held in the London parks and streets. On 8 June 1946, troops and contingents from all over the Commonwealth and many Allied nations, paraded through the streets of London and along the Mall, where the salute was taken by King George VI, accompanied on the saluting dais by Queen Elizabeth. Later the Australian contingent visited Berlin and then returned to Australia via Gibraltar, Malta, Suez Canal and Colombo. A parade was held in Adelaide, SA, on the return journey. Also identified: VX7069 Private Owen Peterson MID, 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, ex POW Crete; VX10556 Sapper Vane Patrick Sheldon Williams MID, 2/8th Field Company, RAE, ex POW in Greece; Platoon Sergeant NX8712 Sergeant Denys Donald Firth; QX3596 Sergeant James Condon MID; Sir Winston Duggan, Lieutenant General of Victoria; 61 (TX2050) Major General (Maj Gen) Cyril Albert Clowes CBE DSO MC, being piped aboard HMAS Shropshire; 35 (VX3) Lieutenant General Sydney Fairbairn Rowell CBE; NX3 Maj Gen Kenneth William Eather CBE DSO ED; VX117022 Lieutenant (Lt) Louise Catherine Barr, AAMWS; SFX500728 Captain (Capt) Kathleen Patricia Bonnin, AANS; Lieutenant Governor Sir James Mitchell taking the salute; N5906 Matron Alice Jean Wheatley, RAAFNS; 2149168 (QX6200) Major (Maj) Boyd Williams; VFX361 Matron Annie Moriah Sage; Padre E A James MC; Capt Henry Arthur Showers CBE, RAN; Commander James Cairns Morrow DSO DSC; Lieutenant Commander (Lt Comd) Richard Innes Peek OBE DSC; Lt Comd Geoffrey John Cliff OBE GM and Bar; Mr Beasley; Princess Elizabeth; Princess Margaret; Mr Atlee and Mr Churchill, Prime Minister and former Prime Minister of Britain; Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery GCB DSO; Miss Marjorie Lawrence; Brigadier Moten; A3775 Warrant Officer Edward Charles James Maher, RAAF; Able Seaman R Welland DSO; NX76591 Maj Joan Lora Christie; V345001 Maj Maude Kathleen Deasey and Corporal Hird, AWAS; 132663 (QX8001) Lieutenant Alexander Cunningham Starmer MC, AIF.

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