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Message from the King to the 28th Division

I was very glad to have been able to inspect the 28th Division, and I wish to express my entire satisfaction with the general appearance of the Troops.
In spite of the bad weather and of the difficulties attending concentration and training, it is evident to me that no time has been lost in establishing between the various units of this recently formed Division that esprit de corps which counts for so much on the field of battle.
I have been unable to inspect you in the field, but from all I saw to-day I have carried away the impression that a resolute spirit pervades all ranks to join their comrades at the front in maintaining the glorious traditions of my Army.
Farewell my Soldiers.  May God bless you and protect you.
12th January, 1915

Accession Number: KO2590/214

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