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OUR GALLANT SOLDIERS

GLNERAL SMITH-DORRIEX'S HIGH PRAISE. '•THE WOMEN* SHOULD BE PRO I'D OF SUCH MEN." Lndv .Vmith-DoiT.oii, speaking at a Somen's patriotic meeting at Salisbury, read the fullowing extra-'ts from a. letter j from her husband. General Sir Horace j Sniiih-Dorrien, written t r > her irom th* trenches during the battle of the Aisne: I "Knowing as I do that you arc ttriving i to help tl'.e wives aul families ■:>" the brave r "l<liers who arc righting under me I in this glorious war. I should like you to i tell them, when you have an opportunity, it. little about the doings of their husbands, broth-ens, and sons, so that, they | may learn to appreciate thou at their true value. Never has an Army been called on to engage in Mich desperate tighting as j.s r>i daily occurrence in the present, war. ami never have any troops behaved .*•'» magimu't".aly as our soldiers in this wav. The stories of the buttles of l.e Mons and I.e ('ateaii are only beginning to bo known, but at-th'-'in a British force not only held its own against a. German army four times its own size, but. it hit the t-ncmy so hard that r.ev-er were they able to d > more than foi'o.v it up Of tours* our troops had to fall back before them, an operation which would demoralise most armies. Not' so with ours, however. Though they naturalv did not lik* retiring for 12 successive (lavs, they merely fell sullenly back, strikiig !'..>i\" "whenever attacked, and the moment order came to go forward there v.ere smiling faces everywhere. Then followed the battles of tho Marne and t.ho Aisno. -■-Many V.C.s To Be Given. — "Tell our women that all theso groat battles* have, day a fun- day, witnessed countless feats of heroism and brave fighting. Large numbers will bf given Victoria Crosse and Distinguished ("onduet Medals, but many mm* have earned them, for it has been "impossible, to bring every case to notice. Tell the women that, proud as I am to have such soldiers under my command, they should be prouder still to be near and dear relations of such men, and that they can slw, their pride- by their own behaviour. Let them think of their husbands and broth-sis undergoing the greatest imaginable fatigues, often c-:>!d and wet for days together, and through it all. though in constant danger, performing deeds of which any country might bo prov-d. Tell the wives to talk to their children about their bravo fathers, and far themselves never to dr. anything a fidi account of which they would shrink from giving their husbands -on their return from tha war. Tell the- women and girh they t-a-n eerv* their country best by leading (juiet Yif«a, thua setting an example of selfrestraint and uprightness at home, which, equally with the bravery of their dear oiim in the wax, is necessary to bring tha country through this great national crisis •with credit to thoso who have the good fortune to live* under the "Union Jack."

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OUR GALLANT SOLDIERS, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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OUR GALLANT SOLDIERS Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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