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First World War

The King's Message to the Expeditionary Force, August, 1914

You are leaving Home to fight for the safety and honour of My Empire.
Belgium, whose country we are pledged to defend, has been attacked and France is about to be invaded by the same powerful foe.  I have implicit confidence in you my soldiers.   Duty is your watchword, and I know your duty will be nobly done.
I shall follow your every movement with deepest interest and mark with eager satisfaction for your daily progress; indeed you welfare will never by absent from my thoughts.
I pray God to Bless you and guard you and bring you back victorious.

George R I
9th August 1914

Accession Number: KO0418/11

 

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