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Uploaded on Aug 26, 2014
"Soldiers of the King" is a video montage, compiled from film footage shot almost a century ago. It is one of four such montages in the video presentation "Answering the Call", now screening as part of a Royal BC Museum display commemorating the Great War. The presentation draws on almost an hour of rare film footage shot in BC during the First World War. This material shows troops in training at Victoria, Vancouver and Comox, before their departure for eastern Canada, England, and the battlefields of Europe. The soundtrack for this montage is a 1915 recording of the 1893 song by British composer Leslie Stuart (1864-1928). The song is also known as "Soldiers of the Queen", depending on who was the reigning monarch at the time of performance.