RESPONSE OF GLASGOW TRAMWAY MEN TO THE COUNTRY'S "CALL TO ARMS"
Smiling young men in Tramway uniform form ranks in front of the City Chambers. They cannot march in step and smile and wave as they pass the camera. They break ranks to see the speeches and re-form as they end. (clip)
Title: RESPONSE OF GLASGOW TRAMWAY MEN TO THE COUNTRY'S "CALL TO ARMS"
Reference number: 3220
Date: 1914, [September 7]
Production company: Gaumont
Original format: 35mm
Running time: 3.00 mins
The march past the City Chambers of Glasgow on the 7th September, 1914 of Glasgow tramway men to form the 1st Battalion.
The parade took place on the 7th September 1914 and was a response to the Magistrates asking the Glasgow Corporation to form two battalions to help in the war effort. The tramway men were there (as reported in the Glasgow Herald of the 8th September), to get the Corporation's approval for them be the 1st Battalion. There were 1000 men there from all ranks within the corporation from conductors to motormen. They had marched from the Highland Light Infantry Drill Hall in Garnet Hill and were under the charge of Mr James Dalrymple who was the tramways manager. They paraded in front of the Lord Provost, Sir D M Stevenson, some Magistrtes and Col. Stanley Peterson, the Chief Recruiting Officer for Scotland. The Battalion went on to become the 15th Highland Light Infantry.
Shotlist: Response of the Glasgow Tramway Men to the Country's Call "To Arms". Pipe band marching into George Square, past the City Chambers, shot of sign reading "Nestle's Milk" on side of building, tramway workers marching behind (1.05) lined up for inspection, waving hats (2.12)