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  • Short Summary

    Poignant footage of First World War veterans visiting the Battlefields of France and Flanders.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "The Greatest Pilgrimage Ever - Army of British Legionaries, 11,000 strong... including 3,000 wives, Mothers & sweethearts... visit battlefields of France and Flanders."

    France and Flanders in Belgium.

    Various shots of a procession of war veterans marching through a town; numerous flags are carried; several women are also seen in the group. Crowds of people watch the parade.

    Intertitle reads: "From every part of Britain they came on this great Pilgrimage of love and remembrance."

    M/S of numerous men and women walking along and carrying suitcases. They seem to be walking over a station concourse. Various shots of war veterans walking about the battlefields, climbing over the rubble and grassy banks and walking through the trenches. Lots of women of varying ages are seen, some wear the medals of their husbands, sons, or boyfriends. A sign beside one of the fences reads 'German Line / April 9'. The trenches seem to have been reinforced with new sandbags and decking.

    This story is taken from nitrate neg. and is followed by a duplicate story taken from a safety print which is very dark - use the first version.

    Note: for search purposes - World War I.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:02:00 / 01:07:25:00
    G 1527

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