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  1. ianloftus says

    I think this may be footage taken on 21 July 1917 when the King made a number of presentations of medals (inc Victoria Crosses) to British and Australian servicemen. The lady with the son in white is possible Mrs Ball (widow of Albert Ball) and her son receiving her late husband's VC. I think I can ID at least one of the Australians.

  2. NeilRobson says

    Ian Loftus is certainly right in his dating of this film. It was the occasion when Cpl. Ted Foster, a dustman from Tooting in south-west London, received the VC for an act of bravery near Cambrai. Mr Loftus is mistaken, however, in his remarks about Mrs Ball. According to the ‘ILN’, Alderman and Mrs A. Ball were an elderly couple who received the VC bestowed on their dead son, Capt. Albert Ball of the RFC.
    The man in the centre looking at a ‘stack of papers’ is the King’s assistant private secretary, Col. Clive Wigram. Queen Mary was sitting up on the balcony – without a hat on the day was so warm!
    The ‘Daily Express’ referred to the moment captured at 00:24 when ‘the King’s hand went up and down ten or twelve times as he congratulated a tall, wiry, grizzled Australian’.

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