Berrington Hospital, autograph book of Mary Maria Squire, item 65

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3rd DIVISION

     

     The General Officer Commending the VI Corps is at a loss

to find words adequate to express his intense admiration for the

unconquerable spirit and Spartan-like valour which the 3rd Division

has displayed during the fierce fighting of the past nine days. The

repeated efforts, made in great force by a determined enemy, to break

through the left of the Corps where the Soldiers of the 3rd Division

stood were repulsed time after time, and where ground had to be

yielded to maintain an unbroken line, every foot was contested with

a resolution which can hardly have been surpassed in the annals of

the British Army. Had the 3rd Division, much weakened and exhausted

by several days' hard fighting and nights devoid of rest, not

maintained an unbroken front on the 28th March, it is difficult to

believe that the enemy could have failed to attain his objective - 

the capture of ARRAS.

     To maintain for more than a century a reputation for

fighting such as the 3rd Division possesses is no easy matter; but

not only has the Division succeeded in doing so, but in the last few

days has actually surpassed its earlier glories in its magnificient

bearing in battle EAST of ARRAS.

     The Corps Commander deeply regrets the heavy loss of

gallant Officers, non-commissioned Officers and men which the

Division has sustained since the 21st March, but all ranks of the

Division may feel assured and will recognise that those valuable

lives have not been thrown away or needlessly sacrificed, but were

freely given to help in saving the British Empire at the hour of its

greatest trial.

     The G.O.C., VI Corps, has to congratulate and thank

warmly Major-General C. DEVERELL for the able manner in which he has

commanded his splendid Division. He desires also to convey to the

Staff of the Division his appreciation of their strenuous work.

To all ranks of all arms of the Division who have borne themselves

so bravely in the fierce battle of the past few days and who, before

it took place, gave their unstinted efforts to make their ground

secure, Lieutenant-General Sir A. HALDANE expresses his heartfelt

thanks.


30th March 1918

(sd) A. HALDANE

Lieutenant General

Commanding VI Corps.

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3rd DIVISION

     

     The General Officer Commending the VI Corps is at a loss

to find words adequate to express his intense admiration for the

unconquerable spirit and Spartan-like valour which the 3rd Division

has displayed during the fierce fighting of the past nine days. The

repeated efforts, made in great force by a determined enemy, to break

through the left of the Corps where the Soldiers of the 3rd Division

stood were repulsed time after time, and where ground had to be

yielded to maintain an unbroken line, every foot was contested with

a resolution which can hardly have been surpassed in the annals of

the British Army. Had the 3rd Division, much weakened and exhausted

by several days' hard fighting and nights devoid of rest, not

maintained an unbroken front on the 28th March, it is difficult to

believe that the enemy could have failed to attain his objective - 

the capture of ARRAS.

     To maintain for more than a century a reputation for

fighting such as the 3rd Division possesses is no easy matter; but

not only has the Division succeeded in doing so, but in the last few

days has actually surpassed its earlier glories in its magnificient

bearing in battle EAST of ARRAS.

     The Corps Commander deeply regrets the heavy loss of

gallant Officers, non-commissioned Officers and men which the

Division has sustained since the 21st March, but all ranks of the

Division may feel assured and will recognise that those valuable

lives have not been thrown away or needlessly sacrificed, but were

freely given to help in saving the British Empire at the hour of its

greatest trial.

     The G.O.C., VI Corps, has to congratulate and thank

warmly Major-General C. DEVERELL for the able manner in which he has

commanded his splendid Division. He desires also to convey to the

Staff of the Division his appreciation of their strenuous work.

To all ranks of all arms of the Division who have borne themselves

so bravely in the fierce battle of the past few days and who, before

it took place, gave their unstinted efforts to make their ground

secure, Lieutenant-General Sir A. HALDANE expresses his heartfelt

thanks.


30th March 1918

(sd) A. HALDANE

Lieutenant General

Commanding VI Corps.


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  • April 16, 2017 19:50:50 Cheryl Ellsworth

    3rd DIVISION

         

         The General Officer Commending the VI Corps is at a loss

    to find words adequate to express his intense admiration for the

    unconquerable spirit and Spartan-like valour which the 3rd Division

    has displayed during the fierce fighting of the past nine days. The

    repeated efforts, made in great force by a determined enemy, to break

    through the left of the Corps where the Soldiers of the 3rd Division

    stood were repulsed time after time, and where ground had to be

    yielded to maintain an unbroken line, every foot was contested with

    a resolution which can hardly have been surpassed in the annals of

    the British Army. Had the 3rd Division, much weakened and exhausted

    by several days' hard fighting and nights devoid of rest, not

    maintained an unbroken front on the 28th March, it is difficult to

    believe that the enemy could have failed to attain his objective - 

    the capture of ARRAS.

         To maintain for more than a century a reputation for

    fighting such as the 3rd Division possesses is no easy matter; but

    not only has the Division succeeded in doing so, but in the last few

    days has actually surpassed its earlier glories in its magnificient

    bearing in battle EAST of ARRAS.

         The Corps Commander deeply regrets the heavy loss of

    gallant Officers, non-commissioned Officers and men which the

    Division has sustained since the 21st March, but all ranks of the

    Division may feel assured and will recognise that those valuable

    lives have not been thrown away or needlessly sacrificed, but were

    freely given to help in saving the British Empire at the hour of its

    greatest trial.

         The G.O.C., VI Corps, has to congratulate and thank

    warmly Major-General C. DEVERELL for the able manner in which he has

    commanded his splendid Division. He desires also to convey to the

    Staff of the Division his appreciation of their strenuous work.

    To all ranks of all arms of the Division who have borne themselves

    so bravely in the fierce battle of the past few days and who, before

    it took place, gave their unstinted efforts to make their ground

    secure, Lieutenant-General Sir A. HALDANE expresses his heartfelt

    thanks.


    30th March 1918

    (sd) A. HALDANE

    Lieutenant General

    Commanding VI Corps.

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