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    King Albert I of Belgium inaugurates war memorial to the lives lost at the Battle of Ypres.

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    Albert of Belgium. Location of events unknown.

    King Albert I of Belgium and the British Ambassador inaugurate a memorial monument to the c.58;600 British soldiers who died at Ypres during Great War. 1927. Wide shot from angle of large monument w/ classical columns set into wall on either side of big arch. King Albert & other VIPs walking down street toward cam. Military band (seated) playing; crowd stands around them.

    Wide shot panning on many people in front of big building. Shot looking over crowd to Belgian officer making speech. Wider shot same. Shot looking down at soldiers all saluting. LS Row of bagpipe players seen from back. Another angle of same. Wide shot from near monument (?); looking back; huge crowd behind fence; VIPs & military in front. World War One. aftermath; ceremony

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:50:22:00 / 01:51:11:00
    ON 494 M

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  1. Unknown user says

    This is not "a" war memorial; the footage deals with the inauguration of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres in English) on the 24th July 1927. Two people are seen making a speech. The first shot, from the left, shows king Albert. The second, filmed from the right (British side, Belgian soldiers standing on the left hand side, ) is field marshall Herbert Plumer. The "saluting soldiers" is probably during the performance of the "Last Post" by the Somerset regiment. Later the Scots Guard pipers play a Lament from the ramparts. See also

    Regards, (mr.) Jan Cuypers - Leuven Belgium

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