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    Soldiers from New Zealand are remembered at a war cemetery in Messines.

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    Messines, Belgium.

    Title: "Lest we forget! ... on the same day, memorial to the Gallant New Zealanders unveiled at Messines".

    Panning shot over a World War One graveyard - rows of graves, some have wooden crosses, others have proper headstones, a group of soldiers and war veterans walk up a path between the graves. Panning shot follows a man in a top hat and an army officer as they walk through the graveyard.

    M/S of an army officer standing in front of a war memorial giving a speech. Panning shot of the crowd of mourners gathered around the memorial listening to the speech. Various shots of official looking gentlemen (King Albert of Belgium?) and officers gathered around a large memorial listening to a priest.

    C/U of a smartly dressed gentleman giving a speech next to one of the officers. Panning shot over the heads of the crowd of a memorial being unveiled. L/S of the memorial, a crowd surrounds it, tilt up to show the height of the memorial. More M/Ss of the officer giving a speech, he presents something to the smartly dressed gentleman. M/S of two officers and the gentleman standing in front of the memorial.

    L/S of the crowd of mourners around the memorial. Panning shot of the crowd of mourners as the priest gives his sermon. M/S of the gentleman and the officer standing in front of the memorial, now covered in wreaths, the officer salutes. M/S of one of the officers shaking hands with the priest. M/S of a smartly dressed woman shaking hands with one of the officers. We then see the gentleman, the officer and the priests walking away from the memorial, the pause to salute at the crowd. High angled shot of officers and civilian men climbing a wooden staircase next to the graves.

    Various shots of the memorial draped in the flag of New Zealand. More shots of an unveiling ceremony - may be a separate event as now the priests, officers and mourners are sheltering from the rain under umbrellas. Panning shot over a picturesque meadow, presumably once a battlefield. More shots of speeches being made and wreaths being laid at the base of the memorial.

    Note: in old records this story is given the subtitle King of the Belgians - one of the smart gentlemen could be King Albert of Belgium. AH 2000.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:56:00 / 01:37:25:00
    G 1109

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