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Topical Budget 217-2: Derby Boys (1915)


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"'DERBY BOYS'. Many recruits in Trafalgar Square answer Lord Derby's appeal for more men, and re-appear on the plinth in 28 minutes dressed in Khaki".

Lord Derby standing on plinth addressing crowds in Trafalgar Square. Behind him is a recruiting banner for the 2nd Battalion London Regt Royal Fusiliers. Derby (now wearing a cap) reaches down and helps two young men in civilian clothes on to the plinth. In front of him, on a hoarding opposite, is another recruitment banner. Lord Derby is driven away in an open-topped horse-drawn carriage with the two young men in the back. Derby now wears a greatcoat and smokes a pipe. The two recruits outside a building; behind them is a board with pictures and above the board the legend 'The Daily Sketch'. A soldier gives the young men their kit. Medium close up of the two men in their uniforms. Carriage returning to the Square with Lord Derby and the two uniformed men. Lord Derby, the two recruits, and another officer on the plinth. Derby shakes hands with them in front of the Royal Fusiliers recruitment banner.