• Short Summary

    AT LONDON'S CAFE ROYAL YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER, WAS GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE BIENNIAL REUNION DINNER OF THE VICTORIA CROSS AND GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATION.

  • Description

    AT LONDON'S CAFE ROYAL YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER, WAS GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE BIENNIAL REUNION DINNER OF THE VICTORIA CROSS AND GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATION.

    THE ASSOCIATION'S CHAIRMAN, BRIGADIER SIR JOHN SMYTH, V.C., M.P., PRESENTED MEMBERS TO THE QUEEN MOTHER. AMONG THE MANY OVERSEAS MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WAS EL JACK TAHA EL GAALI SAYED, G.C. FROM THE SUDAN. HE WAS ASSISTED BY HIS SON. EL JACK TAHA EL GAALI SAYED IN FACT WON THE BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY IN NOVEMBER 1924 -- BEFORE THE GEORGE CROSS WAS INTRODUCED - FOR HIS ACTION IN PUTTING DOWN A MUTINY IN THE KHARTOUM POLICE FORCE. EL JACK TAHA EL GAALI SAYED WAS BADLY WOUNDED DURING HIS SINGLE-HANDED ACTION. THREE BRITISH OFFICERS AND TWO SYRIAN OFFICERS WERE AMONG THE 14 SOLDIERS KILLED IN THE MUTINY. (THE GEORGE CROSS WAS NOT INTRODUCED UNTIL 1941. WHEN IT CAME INTO BEING ALL HOLDERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY WERE GIVEN THE GEORGE CROSS AWARD INSTEAD).

    THE QUEEN MOTHER ALSO MET MRS. ODETTE HALLOWES, G.C., MORE FAMILIAR AS ODETTE CHURCHILL, WHO WORKED AS A BRITISH AGENT IN FRANCE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. SHE LANDED IN FRANCE 1942 AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR WAS CAPTURED BY THE GESTAPO. FOR HER WORK WITH THE RESISTANCE SHE WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH IN JUNE 1943. HOWEVER THE SENTENCE WAS NOT CARRIED OUT AND SHE ENDURED TWO YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT AND TORTURE UNTIL APRIL 1945 WHEN SHE ESCAPED FROM RAVENSBRUCK CONCENTRATION CAMP.

    AMONG OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS WERE MR. HAROLD MACMILLAN, THE FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, AND DR. JIVRAT MEHTA, THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR INDIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5YSXZYE6MKTDE7TML07EWEY8U
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YSXZYE6MKTDE7TML07EWEY8U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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