Series 2: Wartime correspondence and papers, 1915-1919

Accession Number RCDIG0000014
Collection number 3DRL/3376 2/-
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Series
Item count 7
Object type Letter
Maker Various
Date made 1915-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.

This file contains an extensive series of letters between Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood and various correspondents, covering the years 1915 - 1919. Much of the 1915 correspondence deals with events at Gallipoli, including letters from Lieutenant General Sir Ian Hamilton and Colonel Lord Wigram. Wigram states in one letter, 'Rightly or wrongly we have started this campaign and to my mind it is much more important to go through with it than attempting to break the heavily entrenched lines in Belgium.' Another major correspondent is James Allen, the New Zealand Minister for Defence, who wrote a number of letters to Birdwood concerning complaints made by New Zealand soldiers against Major General Alexander Godley during the Gallipoli campaign. This series also contains a number of letters exchanged between Birdwood and soldiers who were under his command at Gallipoli. Most of these are in response to letters Birdwood wrote to the soldiers congratulating them for the awards they had received. There are also some letters exchanged between Birdwood and the mothers of Australian soldiers, including Isabel Howell-Price and Isabell Day. Other correspondents include General Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn, Admiral Sir Cecil Fiennes Thursby, Sir George Foster Pearce, Austen Chamberlain, General Chauvel, and Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson.