‘We saw you going, but we knew you would come back’, Entry of the 5th Lancers into Mons, 11th November 1918

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The 5th Lancers first arrived in France in August 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force’s (BEF) 3rd Cavalry Brigade. They were the last cavalry regiment to leave Mons during the BEF’s subsequent retreat.

After serving throughout the war in many of the main engagements on the Western Front during the First World War (1914–1918), they eventually returned to the Belgian town in November 1918. The last British soldier to die in the war, Private George Ellison, was shot by a sniper a few minutes before the Armistice came into effect and just as the 5th Lancers advanced into Mons.

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‘We saw you going, but we knew you would come back’, Entry of the 5th Lancers into Mons, 11th November 1918




oil on canvas


H 40 x W 39.5 cm

Accession number

NAM. 2011-06-1

Acquisition method

purchased from David Cohen Fine Art, 2011

Work type



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