Harold Thomas Lavender (1900-1953) was a Walsall-born businessman, who was Managing Director of Proctor & Lavender brick manufacturers and merchants. He was in partnership with Arthur Herbert Proctor until 1st May 1928, after which he continued the business alone, still trading as Proctor and Lavender. He lived in Dorridge and was elected to Warwickshire County Council in 1942 as the represent of Solihull First district.
Councillor Lavender was a keen amateur film-maker and, during the Second World War, took some remarkable colour cine film footage of wartime activities in Solihull. On the outbreak of war colour film was requisitioned for the war effort but Councillor Lavender managed to persuade Solihull Council to support his application to obtain more film so that he could continue to document the war.
Councillor Lavender was also the Publicity Manager of the Salute the Soldier campaign, which features in some of his footage.
His original cine film was given to Solihull Libraries and has been digitised by the Media Archive for Central England (MACE). The digitised films, which are all silent, are available on the MACE website (see links below).
The film (or extracts from it) was first shown to the public in December 1943.
Click on the images below to view the digitised films.
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Heritage & Local Studies Librarian
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