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Bryan Welcomes Raffles

A dramatised account of a World War II airman returning home to his family

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Raffles is the returning Airman who is greeted by his family and baby son Bryan, upon his return home on leave. Raffles returns home and picks up his baby son, Bryan who is playing on the stairs with his cuddly bear. He then shouts that he is home and two women open the window - presumably his wife and mother - who then greet him with hugs. Raffles' wife also wears a military uniform. He jokes around with her and then greets a male friend in an exaggerated gesture. The next morning he picks up Bryan, then washes in the sink.

Questions & Activities


  • How do we know what is happening in this film?
  • Where has Raffles been?
  • Why do you think he is called Raffles?
  • How do the people in the film relate to each other?
  • Why do you think the family live with his mother?
  • Who is Bryan?
  • How can you tell this is dramatised version of what may have been a real event?


Media Studies / English / Drama: Write the dialogue and reinact the scene.

Drama: Act out this or other homecoming scenes using mannerisms and expressions to convey what is happening.

Drama: Act out the scene of the airmen leaving without words

Drama: Act out a scene and ask the class to guess what is happening.

Media Studies: Film your scene and create credits and stage names for the players.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-455-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 5095
Date 1943
Genre Fiction, Amateur
School Subject Media Studies, English, Drama, Expressive Arts
Who Enrico Cocozza (filmmaker)
Where Wishaw
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:31
Film Length 03:31