British Jewry Book of Honour

Lieut .-Gen .SIR JOHN MONASH G.C.M.G. K.C.B., G.O.C. Austral ian Corps .“To have been asked by the compilers of this Volume to write a few words byway of introduction to its pages is esteemed by meas a great privilege. In the stressful years through which the world has passed and under the burdens which the leaders and the men of our Armies have had to bear it needed strong impulses and great appeals to sustain the fortitude and endurance of us all. Tome when during the course of the War my responsibilities increased one particular impetus became evermore paramount and dominating and that was the recognition of the fact that a growing duty devolved upon me of helping my co-religionists to create and maintain the prestige as worthy citizens and as devoted soldiers of the Jews of the Empire. The fortune of war in my case a happy one placed me in command of that splendid fighting instrument—the Australian Army Corps—and to the men of that Corps I owe all that has come tome. But not to them alone for I owe much also to the many thousands of Jewish Soldiers, scattered throughout all His Majestys Armies who by their valour, their fortitude and their devoted sacrifice have combined to achieve a story of Jewish service to our Country which will still further enhance the prestige of every British Citizen of the Jewish faith as second to no other in patriotism orin readiness and ability to bear his full share of all the burdens of the State. Ingratitude for the services which have been rendered by them all individually and collectively by those who have succumbed and by those who have survived—I commend to the public this Book of Honour in the pages of which is enshrined the proud record of their performance.’ (Signed) JOHN MONASH Lieut.-General.
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