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80th anniversary of 51st Highland Division at St Valery

EDM (Early Day Motion) 577: tabled on 08 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 37 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Glasgow South
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Edinburgh North and Leith
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Edinburgh South West
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
East Lothian
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
East Dunbartonshire
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Falkirk
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Glasgow North West
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Dunfermline and West Fife
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Gordon
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Angus
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 June 2020
Strangford
Penning, Sir Mike
Conservative
Signed on 9 June 2020
Hemel Hempstead
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 9 June 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2020
Glasgow Central
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2020
Glasgow South West
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2020
Midlothian
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 10 June 2020
New Forest East
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
West Dunbartonshire
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 June 2020
Dundee West
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 June 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 June 2020
Glenrothes
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 June 2020
Glasgow North
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 July 2020
Glasgow North East

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.