Filming ‘through the hole in the wall’ in Milner Square.

The film crew and interviewees spent the first sweltering week of July filming the documentary in Milner Square and other locations. Some current residents kindly allowed the film crew access into their homes to film some of the scenes.Filming2

Eight former residents were filmed being interviewed in the square and inside some of the houses (now converted into flats) that they used to live in. Ron is seen here being filmed in Almeida Street about to walk into the square ‘through the hole in the wall’. He was interviewed talking to Susan in the square and also inside the house he grew up in.

The support team!

Support-Team1A big thank you to Runner Emma, Data Wrangler Georgia and Show Runner Julie who looked after the film crew and the interviewees and made sure everything was logged and backed up. Some Age UK users braved the heat and came along to watch the filming in the square. But three crew members from Italy who had joined us on the project were totally at home in the heat: Virginia Sedia (Second Camera and Stills Photography), Giuliano Barbieri  (Additional Second Camera) and Federica Binanti (Production Assistant).

Watch this space to hear news on the final film.

For more information on this HLF funded project visit the Milner Square project or contact julie.melrose@islington.gov.uk

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Finsbury Rifles in Gallipoli: 29 July to 5 August

The Finsbury Rifles were part of the 54th (East Anglian) Division. The Division was made up of three Brigades, including the 162nd (East Midland) Brigade, which contained the 1/11 (County of London) Battalion (Finsbury Rifles.)  

Each battalion had 4 companies: A,B,C,D company (Coy or Co.) Battalions usually started with 900/1000 men; each company would be 250 men.

Finsbury Rifles City Recruiting Campaign, Finsbury Square

Finsbury Rifles City Recruiting Campaign, Finsbury Square

At the end of July 1915 the Finsbury Rifles sailed from Plymouth to Mudros. On the 11 August 1915 they landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.

Transport and Machine Gun limbers on bows of SS Aquitania © IWM (Q 57871)

Transport and Machine Gun limbers on bows of SS Aquitania © IWM (Q 57871)

Location: HMTS AQUITANIA

Date: 29 July 1915          Hour:  6pm

Embarked on HMTS Aquitania at Liverpool for Dardanelles.

Date: 30 July 1915         Hour:  10.45pm
Sailed escorted by destroyers. All lights lowered.

Date: 31 July 1915         Hour: 11.15am
Escort left ship off Scilly Isles

Date: 1 August 1915
Voyage continued. Sea rough. Ship not fitted with hammocks. Considerable difficulty experienced in keeping decks and berths tidy.

Date: 2 August 1915.
Passed Gibraltar 4pm, but did not touch. Night fire alarm 11pm very successful.

Date: 3 August 1915
Sea calm. Lecture given to all officers on sanitation.

Date: 4 August 1915
Malta passed 4pm. Sea calm. Remaining three men of battalion not inoculated were done.

Date: 5 August 1915
Rifles and helmets drawn from store.


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RMS Aquitania was a magnificent transatlantic liner belonging to the Cunard Line. She was launched on 21 April 1913 and sailed on her maiden voyage to New York on 30 May 1914. She survived military duty in both the First and Second World War.  

The journey on the Aquitania would have been quite an experience for the Finsbury Rifles. Joe Guthrie served as a machine gun sergeant with the Finsbury Rifles. He remembers the journey from Liverpool to Mudros in this oral history recording from the Imperial War Museum’s collection.

Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley Cesnola Byrne of the Finsbury Rifles was also a photographer. He documented the battalion’s time in Gallipoli. His collection is now held by the Imperial War Museum.