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Jerusalem surrender party


The Mayor of Jerusalem, Dr Hussein Salim al-Husseini (with walking stick and cigarette), with his party under a white flag-of-truce, attempts to deliver the Ottoman Governor's letter surrendering the city to Sergeants James Sedgewick and Frederick Hurcomb of 2/19th Battalion, The London Regiment, just outside Jerusalem's western limits on the morning of 9 December 1917.

The two sergeants (fourth and seventh from left), who were scouting ahead of General Allenby's main force, refused to take the letter, which was eventually accepted by Brigadier-General C.F. Watson, commanding 180th Infantry Brigade. The resplendent figure at the far left is Habj Abd al-Kadir, Chief of the Jerusalem Police Force.


Image courtesy Imperial War Museum
Catalogue number: Q 13213B
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