Letters written by Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood to various correspondents, 19 July 1916 – 16 September 1918

Place Middle East: Mesopotamia
Accession Number RCDIG0000025
Collection number 3DRL/3376 2/11a
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 15
Object type Letters
Physical description 92 Image/s captured
Maker Birdwood, William Riddell
Date made 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Folder containing copies of 12 letters written by Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood to various people between 19 July 1916 and 16 September 1918. Some of the correspondents in this file include William Morris “Billy” Hughes (Prime Minister of Australia), Major General Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, Edward George Villiers Stanley (17th Earl of Derby), Major General Sir Neville Maskelyne Smyth VC, and Colonel Courtney Clarke Manifold. The subjects discussed in these letters include promotions of officers, the Mesopotamia Campaign and how it is reported in The Times, and the reduction in rations for troops. There is also a personal letter written in response to Mrs Catherine Ritchie’s enquiry about her missing son, Gavin John Ritchie.
This file is arranged in reverse chronological order and contains:
Letter from Birdwood to Mrs Catherine Ritchie, 16 September 1918
Letter from Birdwood to William Morris "Billy" Hughes, 21 June 1918
Letter from Birdwood to William Morris "Billy" Hughes, 18 June 1918
Letter from Birdwood to Major General Nevill Maskelyne Smyth, 26 May 1918
Letter from Birdwood to Major General Nevill Maskelyne Smyth, 24 May 1918 [includes attached letter to Brigadier General John Paton from Birdwood, 22 May 1918]
Letter from Birdwood to Lord Michael Guy Percival Middleton, 6 July 1917 [includes an extract from a letter received from an unnamed retired officer]
Letter from Birdwood to Lord Michael Guy Percival Middleton, 29 June 1917 [includes extract of report sent to General Cox and Keith Arthur Murdoch]
Letter from Birdwood to Major General H N Sargent, 3 May 1917 [includes note by Colonel Courtney Clarke Manifold titled "Recommendation for reduction in rations"]
Letter from Birdwood to Baron Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 18 January 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Edward George Villiers Stanley, 15 August 1916
Letter from Birdwood to Dunlop [believed to be Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Dunlop Swinton], 14 August 1916
Letter from Birdwood to Dunlop [believed to be Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Dunlop Swinton], 4 August 1916
Letter from Birdwood to Edward George Villiers Stanley, 21 July 1916
Letter from Birdwood to Dunlop [believed to be Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Dunlop Swinton], 19 July 1916