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Hand Transport of the Injured

Wartime First Aid film

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Glasgow Boy Scouts demonstrate three techniques for transporting the injured. The clip features shots of: two boys picking up an injured boy and carrying him off; a staged fire, one boy lifts another over his shoulder; and a chair carry (taking invalid up and down stairs).

Questions & Activities


  • Why do you think these boys are being taught first aid?
  • What are they preparing for?
  • Do you think this knowledge would help if it happened?
  • What do you know about first aid?


Heath and Wellbeing: Have a first aider discuss this film and expand on its historical context. Discuss whether these techniques are most appropriate for the injuries discussed. Can the class think of ways to make this more efficient?

English / Creative Writing: Use this film as a starting point to research and write a short story about a young person who survives a bombing raid and helps the injured.

Enterprise / Health and Wellbeing / PSE: As an Enterprise project train the class in first aid and make a film demonstrating what you should do in the event of common forms of accidents to show to the rest of the school.

Moving Image Education / Drama: Write a comic narration to record over the footage of what the boy scouts might be saying during the filming.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-159-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0930
Date 1941
Genre Amateur, Educational
School Subject English, Drama, History, Social History, Health and Wellbeing
Subject Matter Citizenship, Enterprise, Community involvement, First Aid
Who Dr A.G. Mearns and B.H. Humble (filmmakers)
Where Glasgow
Event World War II
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 4:01
Film Length 04:01