Aldershot became a major base for the British Army back at the time of the Crimean War. Not surprisingly, the videos on this page reflect the close and intertwining of military and civilian communities.
- Aldershot Through The Years
- Aldershot A Century Ago
- Aldershot In The 1930s
- Aldershot In The 1940s
- Aldershot In The 1950s
- Aldershot In The 1960s
- Aldershot In The 1970s
- Aldershot In The 1980s
- Aldershot In The 1990s
- Aldershot In The 21st Century
Aldershot Through The Years
5 Jan 2015 Atkins UK. “A small tribute to my home town.”
Aldershot A Century Ago
British Pathé. King George V visits Aldershot – Mounted troops horse artillery. Hampshire.
“Military review etc. Royalty visit Aldershot. Guards in tall black hats march down road to rt. More; w/ kilts. Then marching band. (King, Queen etc. stand at side of road.) King w. 2 other men ride up road toward camera; stop. MS King; along w/a few others inc. woman; stand (w/ backs to cam) looking at horses inside train cars – – horses going to war ?
Mounted British Army troops at Aldershot; 1910s. Cavalry riding up road & over small brick bridge toward camera. Closer same;horses walking or trotting. Horse artillery pulling wagons. More and more horses come over bridge. Dust stirred up sometimes makes haze over scene.”
British Pathé: King George V starts a race at the Army camp at Aldershot. Hampshire. Circe 1910s.
“MS as King George V gets out of car, pan as he walks right to masses of men who are sitting on ground, they all stand up. Cut to shot of King holding up then bringing down flag to start the race. Runners come by from right – a great number of men – and all run off to left. While they’re off running the King meets several men who step up; holding their hats; bowing.”
British Pathé:British Army manoeuvres at Aldershot. Hampshire.
“Shot of soldiers marching across field inspected by British Officer (?). M/S of soldiers sitting on and standing around vehicle which says ‘Australia’ on the front. Some soldiers are on bicycles. They wave at the camera.
WWI. Soldiers ford river on horseback at left; then ride up the bank and return over bridge on rt. Others approach from behind cam. and ford river; going in opposite direction A soldier on a bicycle rides across bridge; heading away – looks like he has rifle sticking up under his cape – which gives him an odd angular look. Another cyclist; team of horses; pulling Supplies; then a few more guys on horseback soldiers walk off down road to left; a man (silhouette) is standing in field in BG. Next a bizarre shot of a soldier in a field of cattle; he seems to be walking w/ tiny steps. Soldiers relax on a break; recline or sit on the ground; reading fragments of newspaper/ guy driving tractor in BG.”
Aldershot In The 1930s
Wessex Film and Sound Archive: AV1153-26 Aldershot Show
“With its military links, Aldershot show traditionally had a strong army presence – and the opening shots of a gymnastic display are a good example of this. Interestingly mixed in with the shots of the show are some everyday scenes – a glimpse of the mundane in 1932!”
British Pathé: “CHEERING CHILDREN – Nearly 60,000 of them at Final Rehearsal of Aldershot Tattoo.” Aldershot, Hampshire.
“Panning top shot over masses of children gathered to watch the final rehearsal for Aldershot Tattoo – it is a Children’s Day at Aldershot. Various shots of the soldiers (voiceover says 5000 of them) marching, creating various formations. Several shots of the children in the audience. Soldiers fire their guns in the air. Panning shot along the grounds – soldiers in formations.”
British Pathé: Silver Jubilee rehearsal. Infantry, artillery, tanks and other units reviewed at Aldershot. Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.
“Various shots as infantrymen march past followed by horses and gun carriages in preparation for King George V’s Silver Jubilee. M/S as an officer marches past with a goat who is called Taffy VI, and was presented by the King to first battalion Welsh Regiment, he is followed by two men on horses. M/S of the parade with tanks, guns and trucks. M/S of tanks in a field, M/S of soldiers sat on the ground. M/S of new wireless cars, M/S of more tanks. Intertitle – Tilshead – M/S of tanks driving through water and across the field, various shots. Note: the footage after the intertitle appears to be cuts.”
Wessex Film and Sound Archive: Footage of Wootton St Lawrence, then the Royal Reviews in Aldershot and Portsmouth in Hampshire, which were watched by King George V.
British Pathé: Item title reads – Activity at Aldershot. Troops prepare for Palestine. Aldershot, Hampshire. No soundtrack.
“M/S of army cars and trucks outside Aldershot Station. The camera pans across soldiers lined up, they march away. M/S as they get into trucks and wave as they drive away. M/S as they march down the street, M/S as they get out of trucks, M/S as they look at kit, C/U of one soldier smiling. M/S’s of the men marching and an officer looking at a list.”
British Pathé. Full title reads: “Aldershot Tattoo Rehearsal”. Aldershot, Hampshire.
“British Army soldiers rehearse annual pageant at Rushmore Arena. Various shots of keep fit / physical training drilling demonstration to military marching music. We see the men doing exercises with poles – they swivel them like batons. Various shots of mass brass bands marching about the arena.”
British Pathé. Full title reads: “CHILDREN’S DAY – at Daylight Rehearsal of Aldershot Tattoo.” Aldershot, Hampshire.
“Top shots of the cheering children – 70,000 of them. Queen Elizabeth (former Duchess of York, later Queen Mother), Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret leaving a car – huge crowds cheering. Queen and princesses walking to Royal box. Children cheering. Several shots of the military Tattoo Daylight Rehearsal – some great panning shots showing the grand scale of the event. “
British Pathé. Aldershot, Hampshire.
“Brief shot of the rehearsal for the Aldershot Military Tattoo (from story in 38/43); the backdrop is a model of King Henry VIII’s Palace of Ardres. We then see several shots of the scenery in ruins after a 70 mile an hour gale hit the area. Commentator assures us that “new scenery will take it’s (sic) place, and the show will go on – the British Army is like that!””
British Movietone: The Sultan Of Muscat And Oman visits the army at Aldershot. He inspects the latest type of tanks and rides in one.
Possibly the 1938 visit?
Aldershot In The 1940s
British Pathé. See the future queen Elizabeth II wearing an army uniform and doing vehicle maintenance.
Aldershot In The 1950s
British Pathé. Aldershot, Hampshire.
“MV. Duchess of Gloucester alighting from car and being greeted by the Mayor of Aldershot, Alderman George Roberts. CU. The Duchess of Gloucester. MV. She shakes hands with Air Marshall Arthur Barratt and a woman. SV. The Duchess walking in procession with Mayor and clergy. MV. Back view of procession, shrine in background. MV. Crowd, pan to LV. shrine draped with Union Jack. CU. Old man and woman. CU. Oliver Lyttleton, M. P. for Aldershot. MV. Duchess of Gloucester unveiling shrine. LV. Shrine and garden. SV. Rockery. CU. Masonry from Cardiff and Sheffield. CU. Masonry from the City of London, Sunderland, Coventry, Gt. Yarmouth, Swansea, Manchester, Exeter, Dover, York, Cardiff, Southampton, pan to Grimsby. MV. Base of shrine, pan up to figure on top. LV. Gardens and shrine.”
*Essential viewing if you know Manor Park in Aldershot*
British Pathé: ALDERSHOT – THE KING HONOURS THE ‘RED DEVILS’. Hampshire.
“SV Field Marshal Viscount Bernard ‘Monty’ Montgomery (Commander-in-Chief of Western Union Land Forces) and Brigadier Kempster waiting for the King. SV Pan King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother) arriving. Shots of gun firing salute. LV Monty greeting King and Queen. GV Troops ordering arms.
SV Queen and officer watching presentation ceremony from dais. Various shots of King Presenting Colours and inspecting veterans of the parachute regiment with the Queen and Monty. SV King speaking to Old Comrade. CU Pan King walking down line, stops and looks at medals. MV Towards King with Monty inspecting comrades.”
British Pathé. Stratford, and Aldershot, Hampshire. Mrs Kirby is shown at home helping her triplet sons pack. Dennis, Allen and Brian Kirby accept gifts from the neighbours as they say goodbye. Various scenes of their arrival and first day in the army at Aldershot.
British Pathé: Aldershot, Hants. Aldershot barracks centenary, documentation on file compliments of Public Relations Southern Command.
“GV’s Troops marching through Aldershot, passing the Mayor LS. Crowds on pavement. Various shots. Troops and WRACS marching past. MS. The City Counsellors in robes. CU. Unknown General saluting CU. Marching feet. MS. WRACS marching past L.S Kitchener’s Hall. CU. Garrison church notice. CU. Sign Gun Hill. LS. South African War Memorial GV. Houses of Aldershot MS. part of Duke of Wellington statue. CU. Street sign. Wellington Avenue GV. Barracks. LS. Entrance to Aldershot barracks CU. Royal Insignia V.R. Various shots the old cottages. LS. Barracks CU. Names on Barracks depicting past Wars. CU. Sign Aldershot – Home of the British Army. Welcomes careful drivers.”
British Pathé: Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story “Aldershot – Atomic Rehearsal for Doctors” – 55/31. Short section used as title sequence for newsreel story. Without superimposed title. GV. Military camp.”
British Movietone: “Aerial shots showing the fires and smoke rising from the fires. Passengers and cars diverted on the roads. Soldiers are seen helping to extinguish the fires. Aerial of the smoke and fire.” Possibly the 1950s.
Aldershot In The 1960s
British Pathé: The Army Catering Corps’ Training Centre in Aldershot, Hampshire.
Various scenes showing a variety of dishes being prepared, inspected and eaten by soldiers. Includes curry or chilli con carne, tomato soup, meat, many different vegetables, and later a selection of desserts. Later scenes show students preparing and displaying decorated dishes including a huge ham, cakes, a large dish or trout, and a lobster.
“Note: The whole feel of this film is that Army catering is now of a high standard and very modern and up-to-date. This is nice footage of food and food preparation – most of it is haute cuisine 1960-style! Also good shots of a self-service canteen. There is some interesting documentation on file including a list of the names of all men shown in the film.”
British Pathé: Army of the sixties. Aldershot in Hampshire.
“L/S Thunderbird missile. L/S A group of missiles. L/S Missile being loaded onto transport. L/S of the complete show, with crowds looking round. L/S Crowds seated. L/S Two helicopters carrying troops. L/S Viscount Watkinson, (Defence Minister with Major General Metcalfe, G.O.C. L/S Troops shinning down ropes from the helicopters. L/S Troops running across the field through smoke screens. C/U Small boy watching. L/S As a mock radar jamming station is blown up. M/S People looking up. L/S Paratroops of the 22nd S.A.S. Regiment coming down. M/S Man looking through long telescope. L/S As one of the parachutists lands. L/S Crowd. M/S Two of the parachutists talking together. C/U One of them. L/S The army demonstrating a bridge laying machine. M/S Boys playing on a rope net. M/S Pan as mall boy swings on a rope and lets himself into a net. M/S Pan as another boy does the same. M/S Pan, boy coming down a parachute training slide. L/S Crowds of children on a tank. M/S Pan, crowds of children on a tank. C/U Boy looking into the tank. M/S Army officers watching, centre one is Major General Metcalfe. L/S and M/S Another group of boys on a tank. L/S Crowd. L/S the massed bands and drums of the Aldershot District marching past. M/S Tracking shot, drummers leading the band. L/S Tracking shot, the massed bands.”
GuildfordGhost: “Fascinating and unique footage of the Military Power Station in Aldershot being built. Reel bought on eBay. This is a new transfer of an item I uploaded before that was previously very poor quality.”
British Pathé. Aldershot, Hampshire.
“Several shots of a military band marching along and playing as part of the Aldershot Army display. Various shots of soldiers on motorbikes and horses trying to pick pegs from the ground with long poles as they speed past (commentator describes it as ‘tent-pegging’). Another soldier climbs an artificial wall. Men in white gymnasts gear run onto the display ground; they turn somersaults over gym apparatus and vault over each other.
This may have been a rehearsal; we do see a few shots of the crowd but the audience looks rather sparse.”
British Pathé: Location: Aldershot, England / Great Britain.
“GV The massed bands march and counter marching. LS. Parachute Regiment sliding down rope from helicopter during demonstration of operational tactics. VS. Of paratroops manning small gun emplacements. VS. Paratroops and tracker dogs of the Tactical Dog Troop carry on the display. VS of a company operation based on operations in Borneo. The soldiers are wearing jungle green and camouflage. VS. Showing Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) portable operating theatre with the army surgeons working away under canvas with spectators watching. GV Line of regimental colours flying. VS. Young boys playing on some of the exhibits, the ‘Honest John Missile Launcher’, tank and a large gun.
VS People looking at SRN 5 Hovercraft which the army uses. MS Crowd watching. VS Gymnastic display by the Army School of physical training.”
British Pathé: “Underwater shots at the Aldershot Lido show frogmen sawing wood and hammering stakes, to prepare the pool for a game of underwater hockey. Men on the side of the pool put on diving equipment and snorkels. The referee tosses a coin and the players all jump into the pool, watched by a rather bored looking small crowd.
The ref blows a whistle and there follows a lengthy underwater sequence where it is quite hard to see what is going on; the men seem to be pushing a puck along with little paddles. High angle shots show the frogmen frantically scrabbling about in the water – not that interesting for spectators, though a few look more animated now.
Note: the underwater sequences are quite scratched.”
British Pathé: “Several shots show Explorer One, the world’s first one-man mini submarine being prepared for a demonstration; equipment is checked and a man gets into a wet suit. Some men help him to lift the submarine into an open air swimming pool – probably Aldershot Lido.
The sub with the man sitting inside wearing breathing apparatus slowly submerges as it travels across the pool; onlookers point and take photographs. Underwater M/Ss of the sub drifting to the bottom of the pool; it doesn’t appear to be very functional, just an open box for a diver to sit in.”
Adeyinka Makinde: September 1968. Footage of an advance party of 70 Ghanaian paratroops led by Lt. Colonel H.D. Twum-Barimah receiving special training from the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment of the British Army in Aldershot.
According to Reuters: “The Ghanaians will take part in progressive parachute training, field firing and company exercises. Their training will end with a joint exercise on Salisbury Plain involving a parachute assault, armour and artillery. The Paratroops visit is part of an exchange programme between British and Ghanaian infantry units who are training in each other’s country for the first time. “
Adeyinka Makinde: “Colonel Twum-Barimah would later serve as Ghana’s Chief of Army Staff from October 1971 to January 1972, when he retired as a brigadier after the military coup led by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong overthrew the civilian government of Dr. Kofi Busia.”
Don Mason: A few numbers racing in Autumn 1968 ie. Les Collins, Jack Bavingdon at the old Aldershot Stadium, Tongham.
British Pathé. Scorpion tank. Aldershot in Hampshire.
“SV Pan new Scorpion tank past camera. SV Pan tank over rough ground. Travel shot taken from top of tank. CU Driving mirror of tank. Travel shot Over ground taken from tank. CU Tank tracks as it goes past camera. MS as tank travels over rough ground and through water. Head On of tank towards camera as it dips down into a ditch through water, and comes into full CU. SV Pan tank through bumpy ground. SV Tank toward camera through water into big CU. SV Pan tank past camera.”
Aldershot In The 1970s
Shane Gallagher: “The Official IRA bombed Aldershot barracks in February 1972 in what they claimed was revenge for Bloody Sunday in the Bogside, Derry on the 30 January. Only civilian workers & a military chaplain were killed by the bomb tho. The Officials military campaign against the British Army & government ended three months after the Aldershot bomb.”
Biffo720: “It doesn`t seem like 40 years since I stood on that banking taking this cine film but it is. Luckily we`d saved the footage to video before the original was disposed of, I think it’s worth showing this brief snippet of the Superstox stars of yesteryear as its old enough for archive material. Please excuse some of the quality but it has been converted from cine to video then to DVD then onto youtube.
Incidentally, the orange car (40) is Derry Warwick, father of Derek. The Warwick family were all keen racers at this their local track, including Derek, his uncle Stan and younger brother Paul.
After winning the English and World Superstox titles as a teenager Derek moved on to more success with F3 and F1 Grand Prix cars, and then onto Sports car racing and LeMans.
Paul followed in his brother’s footsteps but his success was cut short after being tragically killed during a race at Oulton Park in 1991.
Other regular racers of note at the old Spedeworth H.Q. were Robert Collard who went on to find fame with Touring cars and the B.B.C. D.J. Johnnie Walker who enjoyed a couple of seasons racing until breaking his leg here during a Stock Car race.”
Billo353: “When banger racing was just that. No race engines, race tyres, roll bars, water tanks, welding, blowing up parked cars, or all the other stuff thought necessary nowadays.”
DODGER706: Short clips of cine film taken by dad.
Ringwood Raceway – probably from the 1950s and 1960s; Arlington – Hot Rods in the 1970s; Old Aldershot Super Stox in the 1970s
ThamesTv: Some vintage footage of a chicken processing factory in Aldershot. Filmed by Thames Television for ‘A Town called…’ in 1976.
violet christina judge: “On the buses with Chrissi Yandell filmed at Aldershot bus station 1970s.”
Aldershot In The 1980s
Zippy Sticks: Spedeworth Stock Rod racing at Aldershot Stadium, 31st October 1985.
Aldershot In The 1990s
Robert Payne: Platform 3 for Ash, Wanborough and Guildford (main announcement). Date: 28th September 1990. Voice: Robert Lister. Recorded announcing system: Infomat solid state.
Steve Kearey: “The first banger race of the night of the last ever banger world qualifying round held at Aldershot stadium HQ.”
julesthenut. Aldershot Town Football Club was relaunching following their bankruptcy.
11 Jul 2017 jellytreetv: “Free party through the night on military land somewhere near Aldershot, then chatting to the police and army in the morning. It was a big team effort from the logistics, the combined ‘Pineapple Tribe’, P.O.D, and ‘Sabbatical sound’ systems to the jellytree video visuals.”
Aldershot In The 21st Century
Jack Wright. Army-related banter amongst friends, with a few members of the public walking by.
Lushlover: “Mini reunion for ex-pupils who went to school at St Michael’s CE Secondary School, Aldershot, between 1962 and 1967, at The Tweseldown pub (formerly North Horns) in Church Crookham, Hampshire.”
3 Aug 2007 oakridgekid2
3 Dec 2007 Mark Taylor. Terrible camera quality – welcome to everyone’s mobile phone camera in 2007!
Gary Stockton: “This is part one of a video I made back in 2008.”
Gary Stockton: “This is part two of a video I made back in 2008.”
HampshireHotel: Potters International Hotel, 1 Fleet Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2ET, England. A look back at the hotel in 2008.
23 Jun 2009 CAPT DJ UK: “Welcome To A Historical Tour Of My Birth Place Being Aldershot Hampshire England. A Town Now Sadly Ruined By Urban Projects That Have Destroyed Its Historic Beauty, Culture & Nature.”
30 Sep 2009 Manchester Evening News. Local video guides from the property portal getthehome.co.uk covering Surrey, Berkshire, and Hampshire.
Manchester Evening News: 8 Oct 2009. Family and friends greet soldiers on return from Afghanistan
21 Oct 2009 Manchester Evening News. Footage of a Garrison tower block being torn down making way for new soldier accommodation.
Carnage Media: Highlights video from this action packed classic car bash! Filmed and edited by Mark Summersbee.
5 Jul 2010 kezzer61: SINGLE LINE WOKING ON THE DOWN LINE BETWEEN FARNHAM AND ALDERSHOT…20:25 SERVICE…
Worth watching just to hear the conversation behind the camera!
Forces TV: “The Aldershot Garrison Show which was shelved because of a lack of money last year will be back for summer 2011. Its organisers are reviving it for one day only – Saturday July 2nd – after getting round the problem of widescale defence cuts by using sponsorship. The event has also been linked in with an existing careers fair that’s paid for by the MOD. Tens of thousands of people came to the last event in 2009. Now it’s hoped 2011 can be as successful.”
This video includes footage of Aldershot’s main shopping street, shoppers being interviewed, and members of the public visiting the Aldershot Garrison Show.
31 May 2011 ucajournalismnews: “Jodie Burrows investigates shop closures in Aldershot Town Centre, focusing on The Galleries shopping centre and the main High Street. Around 1/5th of retail units are empty in the town with no new shops replacing them.”
11 Jul 2012 Surreyandberksmedia. The Olympic Flame makes a special appearance in Aldershot.
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