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  1. johngleeson says

    KING GEORGE REVIEWS AMERICAN TROOPS 1910 - 1919. The footage commences in Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, with the parade then moving up the approach road and arriving in front of Buckingham Palace opposite the Queen Victoria Memorial. The band marching with the contingent is an American Forces band (a static British massed Guards' band can be seen across the road in front of the Q.V. Memorial playing the men past the King). The senior officer shaking hands with the King (may) possibly be Major-General John J. Pershing, the American Expeditionary Force Commanding Officer. The clip then moves on to Westminster Bridge, past the old St. Thomas' Hospital. I'm guessing that the American Army was marching to Waterloo Railway Station prior to their deployment to France in 1917.

  2. linemurph says

    My Great Grandfather, Colonel Walter Monteith Whitman of U.S. AEF is shaking hands with King George and reviewing the troops. AMAZING that I found this on video. Very touching moment for me.
    Colin Murphey 22nd March 2013

  3. linemurph says

    One more question.......I see King George V and Queen Mary, but who is the woman that is wearing dark or black clothing ?

  4. linemurph says

    Hi Bill, trying to understand the connection here. Is Sidney's brother your father ? FYI, Walter's eldest son, Sidney, was my Grandfather and his daughter, Frances, was my mother. Thanks and best regards, Colin Murphey.

  5. linemurph says

    Bill, if needed, my email is

  6. Bill Whitman says

    Colonel Whitman is my grandfather and the unit is the 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division. It is now the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and the Regimental Library is named after him. Colonel Whitman eventually retired as a Major General but during WW1 he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for defending his HQ against German assaults 4 times, while armed with a pistol and rallying his Soldiers. I won't quite be making it that far as I'll be ritiring this year after 24 years in the US Army and a recent 8 years active duty with service in Iraq and Afghanistan. But my mom, his step-daughter, says he was very strict and proper.

    Bill Whitman, Major, Judge Advocate General's Corps, US Army Reserve

  7. Bill Whitman says

    He had ridden as a Captain with Pershing in the Mexican Expedition to capture Pancho Villa with a young Lieutenant along by the name of George Patton. Prior, as a 1st Lieutenant, he served in Cuba and earned combat valor and a Silver Star medal in the assault up San Juan Hill. While he was Regular Army, a unit nearby were volunteers commanded by Theodore Roosevelt.

    I don't know who else is in the video besides him, Pershing and the King.

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