Visit of Lieutenant General Jan Christiaan Smuts and his entourage at the Hendon airfield on the outskirts of London England, during World War 1, where dignitaries and spectators are gathered to attend the unveiling and christening of a De Havilland DH9 aircraft, named "South Africa." (Note: The plane also resembles a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8. Position of pilot cockpit does not match a DH9 making identity uncertain). The aircraft was subscribed for by members of the London Chamber of Commerce, and presented as a gift to South Africa through the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Lifelong South African Lt. General Smuts with other dignitaries viewing the aircraft, including Lord Desborough who was President of the London Chamber of Commerce and the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Mrs William Schreiner, the Marchioness of Winchester, stands with flowers in her hand and christens the aircraft. General Smuts talks to the dignitaries as they present the aircraft to honor and thank South Africa for its contribution to the war effort. Pilot Captain B.C. Hucks, dressed in heavy flight suit climbs aboard the airplane, which displays the name "South Africa," on its nose. The aircraft takes off and flies overhead. Scene changes to the Christening ceremony, in which Mrs. Schreiner christens the "South Africa." She is seen tapping its propeller with a small mallet. Closeup of the DH9 "South Africa". Others present at the event included Sir David Henderson, Lord Aberconway, Lord Glenconner, Sir Owen Phillip, Sir T. Vezey Strong, Lionel Martin, Faithfull Begg, Stanley Machin, Albert Sytner, Alfred Docker, John Cockburn, Algernon Firth, Sir J. W. Teverner, Harry Wilson, Robert Hadfield, Generals Branckner and Caddell, Maj Van der Spuy, Major Lord Roberts Innes Kerr, Capt Hambro, Capt Wilkinson, Capt Hucks, Captains Turner, Lyons, and Hope; John Cates, C.J. Fairfax Scott, Charles Musgrave.
Scene opens showing the statue of British Women's suffrage movement leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, located in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. (This was erected in her memory, in 1930, two years after her death.) A World War 1 parade of women in clothing of religious orders; nurses; some military; and academics. One group carries a banner reading "Demonstrate-Trained Nurses." It also depicts What appears to be an Angel of Mercy and an appeal to buy war bonds. They are followed by women carrying a large British Union Jack, and by others, in academic garb, carrying banners of academic institutions. (This march was probably organized by the "Women's Party," the 1917 group founded by the Panghursts' to replace their "Women's Social and Political Union." The new Party emphasized support for the British war effort.) Scene shifts to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst viewed from camera behind her right shoulder as she addresses a large crowd. She is standing on a roofed platform in a park-like setting. The audience is mostly civilian, but a soldier is seen here or there. Several London Bobbies are in the audience, close to the speaker's stand. The next scene shows pedestrians gathered near Buckingham Palace, in London. A number of Bobbies (London policemen) are present, some on foot and some on horseback. The Queen Victoria monument is visible in the background. A horse-drawn carriage passes in front of the camera. Next, a woman is seen being arrested by two Bobbies, as passersby watch. An automobile passes and then the woman and police are seen approaching the camera as more officers become involved, keeping spectators away. In the final scene, in the 1920s, a man standing in front of a large group of women, congratulates one (probably Christabel Pankhurst). Closeup shows, from left to right, the man; a somewhat tired-looking Emmeline Pankhurst; and her daughter, Christabel.
American soldiers reach France and other European nations crossing the Atlantic Ocean during World War I. Soldiers of American Army march on Fifth Avenue in New York City and then seen boarding troop transport ships bound for France. Thousands of American soldiers crowded onto ships and transported to Europe. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson seen drawing the first draft number for World War 1 draftees in the U.S. military. Vice President Thomas Marshall seen drawing the second draft number. U.S. Navy ships and soldiers aboard during their voyage to Europe. View of female Red Cross nurses and YMCA workers posed in groups for the camera aboard ships. Soldiers in chow line receive a meal and eat it below and up on decks. A soldier holds a puppy dog from home and feeds it some of his food. The sailors aboard fire a deck guns and drop depth charges after sighting a torpedo from a German U-boat. A Y-Gun is seen firing TNT depth charges from the centerline deck of a ship to each side. Waves seen crashing over bow of ship in the transport fleet during heavy rough seas. First troops of American soldiers disembark from a transport ship at a harbor in France in June 1917. U.S. soldiers march on streets of Paris. In London, England, American soldiers are seen marching through the streets and the British monarchs and officials including the Queen Mother, King Edward, and Prime Minister Lloyd George review the marching American troops at Buckingham Palace.
British pilots perform in an air show . Plane emits smoke while performing a loop.. An autogyro is seen towing a large object. Parachutists jump from three planes flying in formation. The parachutists descend and finally land on ground. in front of spectators. Planes perform in-trail aerobatics in sky. A dirigible is seen in the distance.
Shows efforts by the Friends Relief Committee (affiliation of Quakers or Religious Society of Friends, and sometimes known as the Friends War Victims' Relief Committee) in London to provide food to starving Russians during the period of the Russian Revolution and World War I. Men carry boxes of food on carts at a dock. Food supplies are loaded on a ship. Officials stand outside a building and speak to a crowd. An official speaks. The officers stand beside the building. Ship yard workers arrange the food supplies. Sign seen on stack of food boxes beside the docks : "Friends Relief Committee. Head Office 27 Chancery Lane, London WC2. One Of Our Regular Shipments. Over 400 Tons Of Food For Starving Russia." The cargo is loaded onto the ship by crane and men.
Mr David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of England, talks about labor conditions for World War I arsenal workers at Woolwich in London, England. He stands at the entrance of a building. He talks to other officials. They stand at the entrance. Crowd gathers outside of the building