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Slide set: 'Be British': dedicated to the gallant ill-fated crew of the 'Titanic' (song: Bamforth & Co., 16 slides, 1912)

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Slide 1**
Intro. with Title
Slide 2
What a glorious thing it is to know that the breed is just the same
Slide 3
What a glorious thing it is to know when danger's hour was nigh
Slide 4**
'Be British' was the cry as the ship went down
Slide 5**
When they know the worst, saving the women and children first
Slide 6**
'Be British' is the cry to everyone, and tho' fate has proved unkind
Slide 7**
Show that you are willing, with a penny or a shilling
Slide 8**
Thro' the years to come, inscribed in gold on history's page shall be
Slide 9**
First story of how they met their doom out on the icy sea
Slide 10**
Our children's children all will read throughout the Empire wide
Slide 11**
The grand old words in days to be will echo them with pride
Slide 12**
'Be British' was their cry as the ship went down
Slide 13**
Captain and crew when they knew the worst
Slide 14
'Be British' is the cry, tho' fate has proved unkind
Slide 15**
Show that you are willing, with a penny or a shilling
Slide 16**
Words of Chorus
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

‘Paul Pelham’, Lawrence Wright, 'Be British' (London: Lawrence Wright Music Co., 1912)

People appearing in slides

SMITH, Captain Edward  (1850-1912) – slide 11

Slides 3, 5 and 12 show different parts of the same image, though reversed in one of the slides.

16 slides known to exist in private collection

3 slides in The Hecht Collection: Screen Archive South East (University of Brighton)

10 slides in Kirklees Museums and Galleries

Lucerna ID  3003632

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 23 November 2016

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