Message from GOC 51st Division 13 Nov 1917.
51ST (HIGHLAND) DIVISION.
Message from the G.O.C. to be read out to every man at Dinner on November 13th 1917.
Today is the Anniversary of the Capture of BEAUMONT HAMEL. This was the first real opportunity the Division had of shewing its superiority over the enemy.
The following is an extract from the message sent by the Corps Commander after the Battle:-
“All the world looks upon the capture of BEAUMONT HAMEL as one of the greatest feats of the war, and to those who know the ground and defences it must ever be a marvellously fine performance.”
Since BEAUMONT HAMEL the Division has inflicted several crushing defeats on the enemy, and has established a glorious record unsurpassed by any Division in the British Army.
The reputation of the Division is known throughout the Army: it is appreciated by the enemy.
I am absolutely confident, and I feel that every man in the Division is confident, that, given a fair chance, the Highland Division can always defeat the enemy.
I send every man my heartfelt wishes for the best of good luck in the future.
51st (Highland) Division
13th November 1917