LLOYD GEORGE SALUTES AMERICANS AS 'COMRADES IN ARMS'
London, U.K. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago, April 12, 1917, Great Britain's Lloyd George*, speaking at the American Luncheon Club's banquet commemorating U.S. entry into the world war, said...
"I am...in the happy position, of being, I think, the first prime minister of the crown (to) salute the American nation as comrades in arms."
The PM went on to say that the United States entry into the war on the side of the Allies..."gives the final stamp to the character of the conflict as a struggle against military autocracy throughout the world."
Floyd Gibbons wrote...
"Premier Lloyd George...spoke the words of martial amity that loosened long pent feelings into a demonstration of Americanism that probably never before was witnessed outside of the states."
In Gibbons opinion the Prime Minister's speech would live long in the history of Angl0-American relations.
Gibbons describes the scene as follows...
"A thousand Americans rose to their feet and formed a sea of waving flags and napkins upon which the earnest, smiling face of the prime minister of the British crown looked down."
*David Lloyd George (1863-1945) was born in Manchester to Welsh parents. He served as a Member of Parliament 1890-1915, Father of the House 1929-1945), President of the Board of Trade 1905-1908, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1908-1915 & Prime Minister 1916 to 1922.
"'America Will Win The War: Lloyd George," by Floyd Gibbons, The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 13, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
"The Premier's Speech," by the Associated Press, April 12, 1917, The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 13, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
David Lloyd George
National Library of Wales