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Mrs Kemspter's 16mm Cine Film

Please meet Mrs Galbraith (right), proud daughter
of Mr George Henry Kempster. After the war he shot much film some of which can be see below.

A Little History
Based at Aras in northern France, George joined
in 1914 and became a Quartermaster Seargeant, making him responsible for the complex matter of supplying our troops with food and equipment.

Belonging to the Bedfordshire Territorials Regiment, he was part of what the named as the 'Old Contemptibles'.

In France from 1914-1916, like many, he suffered damage to his lungs from a gas attack in the Somme.

On his return to England, he grew a highly successful business but continued to suffer from tuberculosis (a common result of gassing incidents is their weakening of one's resistance).

His doctor advised fresh mountain air and no better a place than the beautiful town of Davos in Switzerland.

Arras 1916
The Battle of the Somme is famous chiefly on account of the loss of 58,000 British troops (one third of them killed) on the first day of the battle
in July 1916, which to this day remains a one-day record.

The attack was launched upon a 30 kilometre front, from north of the Somme river between Arras. On the 18th November, it was called off.

In the end, the British and French had gained 12 kilometres of ground, which resulted in 420,000 estimated British casualties, including many of the volunteer ‘pal’s’ battalions. In addition, there were a further 200,000 French casualties. German casualties were estimated to run at around 500,000.

A New Hobby!
George was very interested in the relatively new world of cinematography or motion pictures.

What film did he use?
He employed 16mm film. Kodak had introduced 16mm cine film and equipment in 1923 as an inexpensive amateur alternative to the 35mm film format. Compared with 35mm film, the 16mm format offered advantages such as smaller, less-expensive cameras and lower film stock and developing costs. Because of these factors, the 16mm format was quickly adopted for professional news reporting, corporate, and educational applications. In fact, until recently, it has been used since then for almost all TV work.
What this brief movie consist of?
The film consists of a collection of snippets including a passing out ceremony in England, footage of arriving and hollidaying in Davos in 1935.

There are some wonderful scenes of George's family ice skating along with a beautiful clip of some birds that he filmed from his hotel balcony. (He was passionate about wildlife) We should like to take this opportunity to thank the Galbriath Family for making this material available.

Our work consisted of providing both master copies of the DVD together with native DV Mini DV format tapes for the purpose of editing.

To open up and play Mrs Galbriath's movie, simply press 'Play Movie'.


For an general and brief introduction to our cine film services, why not enjoy a brief explanatory video?

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