Doncaster: Shenstone and Longmoor Farm, May-July 1943


Amateur film showing the filmmaker Ray Doncaster's son, Keith at home in Sandiacre during the Summer of 1943 before beginning his first tour of duty with the RAF.





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Black & White / Silent


Home Movie

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The film shows Evelyn and Ray Doncaster at home in Longmoor Lane Sandiacre with their son Keith in the Summer of 1943. The film opens with various shots of Keith in the garden in his RAF uniform. We then see him bending down to stroke a cat lying on the grass and smiling at the camera. This is followed by more shots of Keith by the aviary and shed and also sitting on a bench and shots of the cat rolling on the grass. We then see Keith at Longmoor Farm. We see him stroking a cow and see other cows lying down in a field. Next we see Keith and his mother Evelyn (wearing a hat) walking up the drive. We also see them in the garden looking at the pond. We then see Evelyn and Keith’s father Ray with the cat and Ray and Keith posing for the camera. The film ends with more shots of the cows at Longmoor Farm.


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Keith was the Evelyn and Ray Doncaster’s only son. He volunteered for the RAF in 1941 and after training as a Rear Air Gunner, commenced operational flights in early summer 1943. He went missing in a bombing raid over Kassel in Germany on 22 October 1943 although the official news that he had been posted ‘Missing Believed Killed’ was not reported by the Long Eaton Advertiser until 15 January 1944, when they described him as "thoughtful, quiet and unassuming, with a great love of the land and the country people". His Lancaster which had taken off from RAF Kirmington in Lincolnshire was shot down by a night fighter over Germany.