2 THE YPRES TIMES THE Ypres League held its Seventh Annual Commemoration on October 31st. This day marks the anniversary of the crisis of the First Battle of Ypres, when our line was so gallantly re-established at Gheluvelt, thus deciding the fate of the Salient. A large gathering at the Cenotaph awaited the arrival of H.R.H. Princess Beatrice, who was received at 3.45 p.m. by our President, Field-Marshal The Viscount Plumer of Messines. Among those present were The Viscountess Plumer, The Belgian Ambassador, Commandant Gailliard of the French Embassy, The High Commissioner for Australia, Major G. C. Arthur for the High Commissioner for Canada, Field-Marshal Sir Claud Jacob, Lieut.-General Sir W. P. Pulteney, Lieut.-General Sir Herbert Uniacke, Lady Essex French, The Hon. Alice Douglas Pennant, and Members of the Executive Com mittee. The wreath-bearer was Sergt. O. Brooks, V.C., late Coldstream Guards. Her Royal Highness laid the magnificent wreath composed of massed cornflowers crowned with white madonna lilies, chrysanthemums and carnations, with a broad blue ribbon inscribed in gold letters From the Ypres League." The ceremony was perfect in simplicity and dignity, and after a two minutes' silence to render tribute to the 200,000 officers and men who gave their lives in the gallant defence of the Salient, wreaths were placed by Lady Essex French in memory of the late Field-Marshal The Earl of Ypres, and by Major G. C. Arthur on behalf of Canada. At the conclusion of the Cenotaph ceremony Princess Beatrice laid another beautiful wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. F.M. VISCOUNT PLUMER INTRODUCES SERGT. O. BROOKS V.C., TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS. Photo London News Agency


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