Personal Files Book 17, 1 November 1917 - 13 January 1918

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Accession Number RCDIG0000625
Collection number 3DRL/2316
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 108
Object type Papers
Physical description 222 Image/s captured
Maker Monash, John
Place made Belgium
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Major General John Monash, 3rd Australian Division. This file, originally part of Book 17, covers 1 November 1917 to 13 January 1918 and includes orders, operation documents and plans relating to the third phase of fighting at Ypres. It also contains a casualty list for October, a note from Sir Birdwood in regards to the conscription referendum in Australia, a draft introduction to a forthcoming book by Reverend Cuttriss on Australian soldiers written by Monash, a circular on the establishment of a football tournament for the 3rd Australian Division, a booklet advising on how to best keep accurate historical records and others messages relating to Christmas 1917.
This file contains:
Letter from Monash to 2nd ANZAC, criticising recent military operations, 1 November 1917;
Narrative of Operations for the 5th Phase of the Ypres Battle commencing 12th October, 1 November 1917;
Table of awards for each section of the 3rd Division, for operations to 12th October, 1 November 1917;
Training Circular issued by Divisional HQ, 2 November 1917;
Narrative of operations for 3rd Phase of the Ypres Battle, 3 November 1917;
Poster for the 3rd Australian Division 'Coo-ees' and the 3rd Australian Division Pioneer Band, 3 November 1917 [Copy];
Table of casualties for the month of October pertaining to the 3rd Australian Division, 4 November 1917;
Notes from Major Phillips on the 3rd Australian Pioneer Battalion, 4 November 1917;
Instructions on the movement of the 3rd Australian Division from 2nd ANZAC to 1st ANZAC, 5 November 1917;
G2 Report on New Line, 5 November 1917;
Unsigned letter addressed to 'Dear Walter', 5 November 1917;
Table on Brigade and battalion commands, 5 November 1917;
List of troops involved in the Pierrot Troupe, 6 November 1917;
Casualty list of officers for October 1917, 6 November 1917;
General Staff Circular No. 99, containing information on the Corps Reinforcement Camp, a Table showing the establishment of Corps Reinforcement Camp HQ and the Corps Depot, 6 November 1917;
Letter from General Birdwood to G.O.C. 3rd Australian Division, 7 November 1917;
Agenda for Conference of Brigadiers, 7 November 1917;
Table displaying items for 'Trip to London, November 1917', 8 November 1917;
Message from General Birdwood, addressed to 'My Dear General', concerns the decision in Australia to hold a referendum on conscription, 9 November 1917;
Poem, annotated by Monash, 9 November 1917 [Draft];
List of Brigade Staff, 10 November 1917;
Table displaying 'Visits to be Paid', 14 November 1917;
Note from Lieutenant Colonel Jackson to 3rd Australian Division, 14 November 1917;
List of Mess Guests for November, 16 November 1917;
Disposition Report for the 3rd Australian Division, 18 November 1917;
Series of sketches, annotated at the top with the name of Major General White, 18 November 1917;
Notes from Conference on Defensive Works, 19 November 1917;
List of agenda points for 9th and 10th Brigades, 19 November 1917;
Document titled 'Demonstration Platoon', 21 November 1917;
Order proposing a Division-wide football tournament, 22 November 1917;
Programme for the 'Visit of His Majesty the King', 23 November 1917;
Article on 'the Australian Soldier', in which Monash describes the virtues and favourable attributes of the Australian troops, 25 November 1917;
Circular Memorandum No. 71, contains information on the establishment of a Divisional football tournament, 25 November 1917;
Message stating that Advance A.G., G.H.Q. will close early and ally correspondence to be addressed differently, 26 November 1917 [Copy];
Article on the Anniversary of the arrival of 10th Australian Field Ambulance in France, 26 November 1917;
Graph showing Periods of Duty for the 3rd Australian Division, 26 November 1917;
Program to Anniversary celebrations for the 10th Australian Field Ambulance, titled 'Open Slap', 26 November 1917;
Notes on a telephonic conversation between B.G.G.S, 1st ANZAC and G.S.O.I, 3rd Australian Division, 26 November 1917;
Menu for 10th Field Ambulance Anniversary Celebrations, reverse signed by Monash and the table, 26 November 1917;
Routine Orders issued by Monash, 26 November 1917;
Menu addressed to Monash, 27 November 1917;
10th Australian Infantry Brigade Order No. 80, 28 November 1917;
General Staff Circular No. 64A on the intelligence system-organisation and policy, 28 November 1917;
Special Order issued by Monash, 30 November 1917 [Copy];
Routine Orders issued by Monash, 30 November 1917;
Monash's leave pass for the 1st December 1917 to 28th February 1918, 1 December 1917;
Routine Orders issued by Monash, 30 November 1917;
Message from 1st ANZAC to 3rd Australian Division, 1 December 1917;
Message from 5th Australian Division to G.O.C. 3rd Australian Division, 1 December 1917;
Message from G.O.2, 1 December 1917;
Message from General McNicoll to Monash, 1 December 1917;
Report on minor offensives, night of November 30th and December 1st, 1 December 1917;
Instructions for Divisional Commander's Leave of Absence, issued by Monash, 2 December 1917;
Message from Brigadier General, General Staff 1st ANZAC to Second Army, 2 December 1917;
Message from G.T.2, 2 December 1917;
Message from Brigadier General White to 3rd Australian Division, 3 December 1917;
Souvenir Programme for the 'Coo-ees', the 3rd Australian Division Pierrots, 3 December 1917 [Copy];
Message from Colonel White to A.D.C. 3rd Australian Division, 4 December 1917;
Letter from Colonel Jackson to Monash, discussing a meeting with Brigadier General White and White's continued opposition to any form of counter-offensive, 5 December 1917;
Letter from Brigadier General White to Monash, apologising for missing an appointment and mentions his meeting with Colonel Jackson, 5 December 1917;
Programme for the Akingsway Theatre, showing 'When Knights were Bold' by Charles Marlowe, 10 December 1917;
Special Order issued by Monash, 24 December 1917;
Special Order issued by Monash, 24 December 1917;
Special Order issued by Monash, contains Christmas Greetings for the troops from General Birdwood, 24 December 1917;
Special order containing christmas greetings from both General Birdwood and Sir Godley, 24 December 1917 [Draft];
Christmas Message from General Birdwood, states that "Bapaume-Bullecourt, Messines and Ypres have been added to the splendid list of honours' names which are indelibly recorded in the History of Australia", 25 December 1917;
A Mess 3rd Australian Division Christmas Day Menu, signed on reverse by Monash, Colonel Jackson, Major Wieck, Captain Simonson and Captain Molesworth, 25 December 1917;
Message from Monash requesting the C.Os of No. 1, 2 and 3 Ammunition Sub-Park attend the Sports Meeting, 25 December 1917;
Menu for B mess, with satirical commentary between each item on the menu, 25 December 1917;
Programme for the 10th Brigade Pierrots, 28 December 1917;
List of staff trainers for the 3rd Australian Division, 31 December 1917;
Waiting list for staff trainers for the 3rd Australian Division, 31 December 1917;
Programme for a pantomime: 'Dick Whittington and his Cat', 31 December 1917;
Notebook on Historical Records for the AIF, 31 December 1917;
AIF Force Orders issued by General Birdwood, 1 January 1918;
Tabulation of gazetted honours for the 3rd Australian Division, includes British, Australian and foreign honours, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Division to NZ Division congratulating Sir Russell, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 4th Canadian Division congratulating Sir Watson, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to Canadian Corps congratulating Sir Currie, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 25th Division, congratulates Sir Bainbridge, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 'Admin Aust, London', congratulates Sir McCay, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 5th Australian Division, congratulates Sir Hobbs, 2 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 1st Australian Division, congratulates Sir Walker, 2 January 1918;
Waiting list for staff trainers for the 3rd Australian Division, 3 January 1918;
Message from Monash to 3rd Division, contains words from General Birdwood who is unhappy at the lack of recognition his car receives from the Australians when he passes them, 3 January 1918;
Message from 5th Australian Division to 3rd Australian Division, 4 January 1918;
Routine Order No. 356 issued by Monash, 4 January 1918;
Document titled 'Precis of Lectures at Special Course for Commanders and Staff Officers, G.H.Q, Small Arms', 5 January 1918;
Letter from Monash to the 3rd Australian Division stating that he expects the division to be moving soon, 6 January 1918;
Letter from Lieutenant Pinner for the District Paymaster of the 3rd Military District to 'Miss Bertha Monash', contains a voucher for £10, 7 January 1918 [Copy];
Nominal Roll of Demonstration Platoon for 3rd Australian Division, 7 January 1918;
Intelligence Course for Officers, includes syllabus table, 7 January 1918 [Copy];
Intelligence Course on Trench Warfare, 7 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 'Admin Aust, London', 8 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to Brigadier General Rosenthal, 8 January 1918;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Powell to G.O.C, 9 January 1918;
Waiting list for staff trainers for the 3rd Australian Division, 9 January 1918;
Circular on saluting of senior military figures issued by Monash, 9 January 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to 'Admin Aust, London', 10 January 1918;
Instructions on the issue of Rum, 10 January 1918;
Platoon Competition, points for the Division, includes diagrams for a rifle firing competition, 10 January 1918;
Administrative Instruction No. 25 on Rum for the 3rd Australian Division, 10 January 1918;
Intelligence Course for Officers on duties of Brigade Intelligence Officers, 11 January 1918;
Notes from Conference with Major General White, 11 January 1918;
Circular by Major Wieck, 11 January 1918;
Divisional Regulations for Platoon Competition, 11 January 1918;
Letter to Major General White, 11 January 1918 [Draft];
Menu for 'A' Mess Dinner, reverse is signed by guests and states that it was a dinner to celebrate 'my recent honour', 13 January 1918.