Beaumont-Hamel Memorial
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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial

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Memorial sculpture by G.H. Paulin. Unveiled at Beaumont-Hamel in 1924 by Marshal Foch.

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The 51st (Highland) Division War Memorial was unveiled by Marshal Foch, Grand Croix de la Légion d'Honneur, Médaille Militaire, O.M., G.C.B., at Beaumont-Hamel (Somme), on Sunday, 28th September 1924.

There was a rededication ceremony on Sunday, 13th July 1958, where Major General Douglas Wimberley C.B.,D.S.O., M.C.,, D.L. LL.D gave the Address.

We have included (below) the Programme from the unveiling ceremony.

The programme contained two readings, one an extract from a poem by John Oxenham and another from a poem by Lauchlan MacLean Watt. The full poem by John Oxenham would later be placed onto a bronze cast at the entrance to the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel.

"Tread softly here !
Go reverently and slow !
Yea, let your soul go down upon its knees,
And with bowed head, and heart abased, strive hard
To grasp the future gain in this sore loss !
For not one foot of this dank sod but drank
Its surfeit of the blood of gallant men,
Who, for their faith, their hope-for Life and Liberty,
Here made the Sacrifice-here gave their lives,
And gave right willingly-for you and me.

"From this vast altar—pile the souls of men
Sped up to God in countless multitudes:
On this grim cratered ridge they gave their all.
And, giving, won
The peace of Heaven and Immortality.
Our hearts go out to them in boundless gratitude:
If ours—then God's: for His vast charity
All sees, all knows, all comprehends—save bounds.
He has repaid their sacrifice:—and we—?
God help us if we fail to pay our debt
In fullest full and unstintingly!

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (cover)

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Cover of the programme for the unveiling of the monument at Beaumont-Hamel, 1924.

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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 2)

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 2)

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Second page of the programme for the unveiling of the monument at Beaumont-Hamel, 1924.

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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 3)

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 3)

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Third page of the programme for the unveiling of the monument at Beaumont-Hamel, 1924.

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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 4)

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 4)

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Forth page of the programme for the unveiling of the monument at Beaumont-Hamel, 1924.

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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 5)

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 5)

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Fifth page of the programme for the unveiling of the monument at Beaumont-Hamel, 1924.

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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 6)

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 6)

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Sixth page of the programme for the unveiling of the monument at Beaumont-Hamel, 1924.

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Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 7)

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Programme (page 7)

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Seventh and final page of the Unveiling programme for the Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel. Page contains a poem entitled "The Tryst", written by Lauchlan MacLean Watt. Published in "Northern Numbers : Representative Selections From Certain Living Scottish Poets", Edited by C. M. GRIEVE and published by T. N. FOULIS. 1921.

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