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  • Short Summary

    Madame Raynal receives Legion of Honour on behalf of her husband.

  • Description

    Madame Raynal receives Legion of Honour on behalf of her husband, the defender of Fort Vaux.

    France.

    General view of outdoor ceremony in a courtyard; group of civilians stand to right with one lady dressed in black (Mme Raynal of course who must be a war widow or else M Raynal could accept his own Legion D'Honneur) standing about a yard in front. There are rows of French soldiers behind and a building with arches in background. Three officers step up and hand small box to the lady, then back away. C/U as Mme Raynal and a gentleman examine the medal.

    World War One; honours; decorations; heroes.

    G384

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1848.53
    Media URN:
    71266
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:07:00 / 01:55:24:00
    Canister:
    ON 010 L

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Although the shots list describes Madame Reynal as a "war widow" her husband, Sylvain-Eugene Reynal, didn't in fact die until many years later, in 1939.

    It is instead likely that the reason Monsieur Reynal didn't collect the Legion d'Honneur in person because he was either still a POW at the hands of the Germans, or was receiving treatment for the injuries he'd received in battle.

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