ひろしま戦前の風景 42.戦没者の野辺送りと合同慰霊祭
[42] Funeral Procession and Joint Funeral of the War Dead

昭和15年(1940年)ころ 撮影:池森修三氏 東広島市高屋町

参考資料:RCCニュース  2005/06/16放送より
Filmed circa 1940 (Showa 15) by Shuzo Ikemori
Takaya-cho, Higashihiroshima City
As the Sino-Japanese War dragged on amid growing numbers of casualties, fallen soldiers coming home as white cloth-wrapped “boxes” became a ubiquitous sight everywhere in the country. The footage shows a large procession led by a boy with a white bundle around his neck, accompanied by a woman in mourning attire. Perhaps the deceased was the boy’s father. According to an eyewitness, the footage shows Yokokuji Temple in Shiraichi, where bereaved families had brought the ashes of the war dead for a joint funeral. Such ceremonies were initially grand affairs, but were gradually scaled back as the war intensified and made them impractical.
Reference: RCC News, broadcast on June 16, 2005

RCCテレビ60年特別配信『ひろしま 戦前の風景』