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    Sports day for soldiers: obstacle courses, steeplechase and cricket match against women. c. 1915

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    Soldiers' sports meeting; World War One.

    Fun sports day: wacky contests, obstacle course, steeplechase and other silly sports. Opens with a contest involving horses; the soldiers run next to their horses, holding onto the reigns. They race to a row of chairs in the middle of a field and sit on one (like musical chairs but with horses).

    Next is obstacle race: soldiers flip through hanging rings, crawl under a tarp on the ground (one man stops to tie shoelace) and through pipes laid out on the ground.

    C/U of man eating something, pan to others sitting on the ground eating. Suddenly they all get up and go tearing off!

    Cricket game between soldiers and women: shot of man in foreground batting with woman wicket keeper behind him. Other women are fielding, all wearing long skirts which is quite a handicap! The wicket keeper throws a few times - she seems to be pretty good at pitching. Could be seen as sign of women's wartime liberation.

    Modified WPA record.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:35:47:00 / 01:37:06:00
    ON 019 F

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