Letters received by Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood, 1 January 1919 – 10 November 1919

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Accession Number RCDIG0000020
Collection number 3DRL/3376 2/6
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 27
Object type Letters
Physical description 50 Image/s captured
Maker Various
Date made 1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

This folder contains 25 letters received by Field Marshal Lord Birdwood from men and women of various military and civilian positions between 1 January and 10 November 1919. Some of these correspondents were Sir George Foster Pearce (Minister for Defence), General Sir John Monash, Charles Delesalle (Mayor of Lille), and Lieutenant Colonel Arthur John Bigge (1st Baron Stamfordham and Private Secretary to King George V). Correspondence from Mrs M C Phillips of Edinburgh, Scotland, discusses the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who stayed with her whilst on leave and includes two poems written about the evacuation from Gallipoli. Other subjects discussed in these letters include the procession in London during 1919, the gift of a horse to Birdwood by Australia, the Gallipoli evacuation ‘reward’, and reminiscing about days at Anzac. There are also congratulatory messages relating to Birdwood’s baronetcy and Birdwood’s replies to these messages.
The letters in this file are a mixture of private and official and include:
Letter from Colonel Henry Carr Maudsley to Birdwood, 1 January 1919
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Edmund James Houghton Nicholson to Birdwood, 9 January 1919
Letter from Vice Admiral John Michael De Robeck to Birdwood, 14 January 1919
Letter from Major Edmund Osborn Milne to Birdwood, 24 January 1919
Letter from General Sir Dighton MacNaughten Probyn to Birdwood, 9 April 1919 [Used with the permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]
Letter from Temporary Lieutenant General Cyril Brudenell Bingham White to Birdwood, 9 April 1919
Letter from George Foster Pearce to Birdwood, 15 April 1919
Letter from [indecipherable name] to Birdwood, 13 May 1919 [written in French and includes envelope]
Letter from [indecipherable name] to Birdwood, 5 June 1919 [written in French]
Letter from Temporary Lieutenant General Cyril Brudenell Bingham White to Birdwood, 26 June 1919 [includes envelope]
Letter from George Foster Pearce to Birdwood, 5 July 1919
Letter from Major Alexander Mitchell to Birdwood, 9 July 1919
Letter from George Foster Pearce to Birdwood, 25 July 1919
Letter from George Foster Pearce to Birdwood, 4 August 1919
Letter from [indecipherable name] to Birdwood, 6 August 1919
Letter from Maurice Pascal Alers Hankey to Birdwood, 8 August 1919 [Reproduced with permission of the Master and Fellows of Churchill College Cambridge]
Letter from Lieutenant General John Monash to Birdwood, 8 August 1919
Letter from Senior Chaplain William Floyd Shannon to Birdwood, 9 August 1919
Letter from Mrs M C Phillips to Birdwood, 12 August 1919 [includes two poems about the evacuation of Gallipoli]
Official notice from George E Windeath to Birdwood, 15 August 1919 [includes typed copy of pledge given by Birdwood]
Letter from Lieutenant General Henry George Chauvel to Birdwood, 17 August 1919
Letter from General Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer to Birdwood, 17 August 1919
Letter from Charles Delesalle to Birdwood, 3 September 1919 [written in French]
Letter from [Lieutenant Colonel Sir Arthur Bigge] to Birdwood, 10 November 1919 [Used with the permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]