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Arrival at Whitehart Hotel Campbeltown

First World War Soldiers arriving at Campbeltown

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First World War soldiers bound for camp (possibly Clochiel) arriving at Campbeltown, together with their supplies in horse-drawn carts and wagons. The film features shots of the White Hart Hotel and Post Office in Campbeltown. Crowds throng at the dockside with soldiers of the 7th and 9th Battalion of the Argyll Regiment wearing kilts and carrying rifles as they march through the streets. Shots of horse-drawn vehicles and an open-topped single-decker motor omnibus marked 'The Argyllshire Motor Co.' driving past. The film was made for screening at the De Luxe Cinemas in Rothesay (Bute) and Glasgow by cinema owner Randall Burnette.

Questions & Activities


  • Who were the regiment? Where were they going?
  • Why are there so many people in this film?
  • Why are they so intrigued by the camera?
  • What war were the soldiers heading to?
  • What happened to the regiment?


Discuss the different types of dress and fashions.

Freeze the film and imagine what the people in the frame might be saying to one another.

Research what happened to the regiment shown in this film.

Compare and contrast with Scottish Troops for the Front Clips 1 and 2.

Look at some Armed Forces recruitment posters (past and present). Create a recruitment poster or film.

Find out how the young men during the First World War were persuaded to go to war.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-121-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0795
Date 1914
Genre Local Topical
School Subject English, Geography, History, Media Studies, Art and Design
Subject Matter World War 1, Conflict
Who Gaumont (Production Company), Randall Burnette (Sponsor)
Where Campbeltown
Event First World War, World War I
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 6:37
Film Length 06:37