Personal diary of Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood, 1 January 1915 – 2 January 1916

Accession Number RCDIG0000002
Collection number 3DRL/3376 1/1 Part 1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 135 Image/s captured
Maker Birdwood, William Riddell
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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This personal diary of Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood commences with the recording of several names and addresses. Diary entries begin from 1 January 1915 when Birdwood was stationed in Cairo. The diary records his visits to Imbros and Mudros in March 1915 and preparations for the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Other entries record the Turkish counter attacks and the armistice of May 1915, Lord Kitchener’s visit to Gallipoli and receipt of the message to evacuate Gallipoli. At the back of the diary are more comments regarding the landing on 25 April, events of 8 August and the evacuation from Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay. Several newspaper clippings are also located at the back of the diary relating to the Gallipoli campaign. The diary concludes on 2 January 1916.