I recently mentioned my English grandfather Percy Rockiff (PR), my mother's dad. I found this on google recently. I am unable to 'steal' the item from Pathe News but have been able to show the title and also a picture of PR as he heads out to distribute the annual shares.
The title reads: "His Proud Record. Mr Rockliff retiring after 40 years' service, presides for the last time, at New Tabernacle's Annual Share Out of £30,000 to 22,000 people - and he has never had to use that revolver once!"
These are still pictures showing Mr Rockliff coming our of Barclays Bank and this is one of them.
"He can be seen holding a small pistol. With him are two men carrying sacks, presumably full of money. Several policemen and others carry bags down the side of a building."
In the film itself you see my grandfather unloading the pistol for the last time and saying he has never had to fire it once. Here you can clearly see PR with the pistol in his hand and one of the men carrying a sack of money."
If anyone should be interested in actually watching the film then check it you can check it out on www.britishpathe.com/video/his-proud-record. As I watched it I couldn't believe I was actually seeing my grandfather and listening to his voice. Incidentally this occurred in 1932, the year I was born. Just how historic can you get? I'd recommend by daughter watch the news item to see the man that was her Grandma Win's dad. I am sure she would remember his being spoken about.
P.S. I find it difficult that $30.000 would be divided between 22,000 people which would be less than £2.00 each but when you consider the average wage was about £3.00 a week then, it would be like receiving nearly a week's salary now. If you check out the website I quoted above it definitely says, 22,000 people.