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  • Short Summary

    Major General Percival unveils a War Memorial in Ypres.

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    Near Ypres, Belgium.

    Title: "The GALLANT 49th (West Riding Territorials). Major General Percival unveils Memorial - 'where the line was held'."

    C/U of engraving on a memorial, reads - 'Essex Farm Cemetery 1915 - 1918'. L/S of a car driving past a farm house and a cemetery.

    M/S of Major P. walking past a group of soldiers, up the steps of a war memorial where he pulls a rope attached to a large Union Jack draped over it, the flag does not completely fall so another officer help him remove it, Major P. then gives a speech. M/S of a Vicar blessing the memorial.

    L/S of a large group of soldiers gathered around the memorial, in the foreground are hundreds of wooden crosses. M/S of a military brass band. M/S of the Major General laying a wreath by the memorial, in the background the row of soldiers salute, other officers lay more wreaths. More L/S of the crowd beneath the memorial looking across a field of wooden crosses.

    After a few seconds of black spacing, there is another version of the story similar to the original although some shots of the unveiling ceremony are taken from different angles, also includes speeches given by a civilian man (local mayor?) and an elderly Army veteran.

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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:
    01:08:11:00 / 01:11:44:00
    G 1098

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