The following message was issued by King George V to the Army on the departure to the front:–
High Peak News
22 August 1914
THE KING'S MESSAGE TO THE ARMY
Aug. 9, 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 your daily progress; indeed your welfare will never be absent from my thoughts.
I pray God to bless you and guard you and bring you back victorious.
GEORGE R. I.
LORD KITCHENER'S ADVICE TO SOLDIERS
In a remarkably frank memorandum to our troops Lord Kitchener warns them against excesses, and to exercise courtesy and kindness towards the peoples amongst whom they are to campaign. He concludes with the words, "Do your duty bravely. Fear God, and Honour the King."