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5.0 out of 5 stars the vanished battalion, 2 Aug 2009
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"All the King's Men" is based on the tragic story of the 5th Battalion Territorial Army of the Royal Norfolk Regiment, also known as the Sandringham Regiment.

The Sandringham Regiment was founded in 1908, and was made up of men and boys who worked on and around the Sandringham Royal estate. It was set up at the request of King Edward VII by the Sandringham estate manager, 54-year-old, Mr. (Captain) Frank Beck.

The Sandringham Regiment set sail from Liverpool, on the liner Aquitania, on July 30, at 1915. They had been sent to take part in the Dardanelles campaign, more often known as the Gallipoli campaign. Beck, even though he was too old to go, did not want to let his boys go without him and convince Queen Alexandra to speak on his behalf. She did, and Beck was allowed to go with his men. The battalion landed at Suvla Bay on August 10, 1915 and were immediately ordered inland. On August 12 orders arrived for attack that afternoon. Beck led his men on the forward charge, and as they moved forward a large cloud of dust and smoke consumed them. That was the last that was ever seen of the Sandringham Regiment, no prisoners were ever reported.

All the families were told was that the men were missing presumed dead.

The King's mother, Queen Alexandra, who was living in Sandringham, wanted to know what happened to her Regiment. However it was decided not to tell her the truth, but to let her believe that God had lifted the men from the field of battle in a cloud to save them from any pain.

Sir David Jason stars as Frank Beck, the Sandringham estate manager. This role is truly his tour de force. Even Mr. Beck's grandson, Mr. Edward Hunter, said that he was impressed by Sir David's portrayal of his grandfather but, however, was disappointed that the execution was portrayed at the of the film and found it distasteful.

Strangely, nearly 100 years on, much of the documentation about the Sandringham Regiment and the Royal Norfolk Regiment, who they were with when they disappeared, is still classified.

This was a truly great film, with moments of friendship, fun and laughter, sadness and fear. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Dardanelles campaign. My interest in the Dardanelles campaign lies with my grandfather (a Royal Engineer) who went into Gallipoli with the Anzacs.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2010 22:30:19 GMT
Cpl Harry Bennett 11610 4th Bat Worcestershire Regiment http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=698827 was there as well. Senseless waste of life. Just a pity it's not on blu-ray. Saw it on BBC when it was live, very moving.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2010 14:04:09 GMT
Su says:
An utter waste, I completely agree. Organised by Winston Churchill (he thought that the "savages" would be "easily contained") it cost him his job (he was forced to resign as First Lord of the Admiralty) something which he whines a lot about in his diaries. It's a shame he didn't understand that many people will fight hard to repel invading forces from their country.

My Granddad was incredibly lucky to come out of that mess alive.

I saw it when it first broadcast too, and you're right - this should be on blu-ray.
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