"Our Battalion is universally respected and envied, so you see a great responsibility rests with you. You have got to help us maintain, and even increase, our present efficiency.
"You must always do the best work of which you are capable, try hard and conscientiously to keep yourselves fit, happy and efficient. Make yourselves masters of your own particular job as soldiers; do your duty willingly and thoroughly.
"The Call of Duty is a sacred one. We must do our duty, not merely to gain praise and advancement thereby, but because it is our duty, our duty to ourselves, our comrades, our Battalion, our families, our country, our King, and to the God who made us, and will help us in our work.
"You will find that you will be happy in this Battalion; you will find some splendid friends; your officers and non-commissioned officers are men who realise that they are made of the same sort of clay as you, and are in sympathy with your difficulties, and will do all they can to look after your interests. They know their job and will lead you well at all times.
"We are all working for the same purpose, the complete defeat of the enemy, and we must work together, each for each, and all for each.
"Upon behalf of the gallant lads whom I have had the honour to command, I welcome you to our midst. You are now of us, and will work with us and for us.
"My friends, I am going to arrange for the band to play one verse of the hymn 'Abide with me' every evening. I would like all of you then reverently to join in the words. It should mean more to you and me than the singing of a well-known hymn. 'Abide with me' should be no mere catchphrase with us.
"It means that we realise that there is Someone who really abides with us, and who will help us to help ourselves. Someone who is with us in all our sorrows and hardship, and every man in the world has a fair share of that.
"We soldiers should find great comfort in that fact, however much our comrades and those about us may overlook our work, there is Someone who sees and appreciates it. He is with us, I say, just as our friends, Sergeant Caldwell, Corporal Guy, and Private Halley are now serving with Him."
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