Personal diary of Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood, 1 January – 31 December 1917

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Accession Number RCDIG0000006
Collection number 3DRL/3376 1/3 Part 1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 75 Image/s captured
Maker Birdwood, William Riddell
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

The beginning of this personal diary of Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood contains notes on despatches in the London Gazette and the dates that they were published. Regular diary entries commence from I ANZAC Corps Headquarters in a chateau at Heilly on 1 January 1917. During February, there are comments about preparing papers for the Dardanelles Commission and also visits to Dartford. Birdwood mentions the capture of Bapaume on 17 March 1917, and April contains an underlined reference to Anzac Day. In several instances the diary entries refer to the weather conditions, including snow and rain. Birdwood also mentions his 52nd birthday on 13 September 1917 and his promotion to general on 14 November 1917. There are references throughout the diary to visits with Hobbs, Howse, Churchill, Thursby, Elliott and Phillips. News clippings are scattered throughout the diary. The final entry in the diary is for 31 December 1917.