House of Commons
80th anniversary of 51st Highland Division at St Valery
EDM #577
Tabled 08 June 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House remembers the capture of 10,000 men of the 51st Highland Division taken prisoner near St Valery en Caux near Le Havre, 6 days after the Dunkirk evacuations after being attached to French defence forces, facing the onslaught of the invading Germans; remembers those that tragically lost their lives; recalls that the men were marched to Stalag XX-A prison, north west of Warsaw, to be there for the duration of the rest of the war; highlights that of the 219 returned escapees to Britain in 1941, 134 had been from the 51st Highland division; notes that three of these escapees were from Ballachullish who used Gaelic to confuse the Germans to convince them that they were from a part of the Soviet Union and then friendly forces of Stalin; further recalls their 1300km march at the end of the war from the east of the oncoming Red Army, marched by German forces, to the west where they eventually met the Americans; and pays tribute to their sacrifice and heroism remaining in France after the Dunkirk evacuations and most notably captured in the memorial in St Valery en Caux “La a bhlair is math na cairdean”, On the day of battle it is good to have friends/relations.

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Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
08 June 2020
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
09 June 2020
Penning, Sir Mike
Conservative
09 June 2020
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
09 June 2020
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
09 June 2020
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
09 June 2020
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
09 June 2020
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
10 June 2020
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
10 June 2020
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
10 June 2020
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
11 June 2020
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
15 June 2020
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
18 June 2020
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
25 June 2020
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