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  • Short Summary

    King George V presents medals at a ceremony in Hyde Park, London.

  • Description

    King George V presents medals at a ceremony held on outdoor platform.

    Hyde Park, London.

    MS King George V pinning medals to soldiers on platform, Queen Mary is sat behind. MS soldiers on platform being presented with medals.

    MS as soldier on crutches comes down ramp. Smiling sailor walks down ramp towards camera.

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    Film ID:
    1876.55
    Media URN:
    72162
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:17:00 / 01:55:15:00
    Canister:
    ON 071 C

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    Some of this same footage also features in clip 1876.48. That names the recipients of the medals as Sir Edward Evans, the Commander of HMS Broke, and sailors from that same ship.

    Reducing the clip's current date range, the sailors were receiving medals for their actions during the Battle of Dover Strait on 20 April 1917, when they engaged six German destroyers. The date range could therefore be reduced to 1917-18.

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  2. Peter Hughes says

    The soldier on crutches is Private Thomas Hughes of The 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers. Thomas Hughes (1885-1942) was from Corravoo near Castleblayney in County Monaghan. He won the Victoria Cross (VC) on the Somme at Guillemont. Having been wounded in an attack, Hughes returned to the firing line after having his wounds dressed. Seeing a hostile machine gun, he dashed out in front of his company, shot the gunner and captured the gun as well as bringing back four German prisoners.

    Hughes received his VC from the King at an investiture in Hyde Park, London on 2 June 1917. He also received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. Hughes later achieved the rank of corporal. He died in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan on 8 January 1942, aged 56.

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