Letters written by Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 1917

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Accession Number RCDIG0000041
Collection number 3DRL/3376 6/4
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 16
Object type Letters
Physical description 173 Image/s captured
Maker Birdwood, William Riddell
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

This folder contains copies of 16 letters sent by Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson between 17 January and 31 December 1917. During this period, Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson was the Governor-General of Australia. Some of the topics covered in these letters include the conscription referendum, Australian politics, reinforcements, officer training, the death penalty, weather, raising a 6th Division, medical conditions, and the Australian Comforts Fund. The situations in the Balkans, Russia, and Italy are also discussed. Several officers in the AIF as well as the British and French armies are also mentioned, including Lieutenant General Sir James Whiteside McCay, Brigadier General Anderson, Lieutenant General James Gordon Legge, and Lieutenant Colonel Lamrock.
This file contains:
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 17 January 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 29 January 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 14 February 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 31 March 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 4 April 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 17 April 1917 [includes telegrams from Commander-in-Chief to Birdwood, 16 and 18 April 1917 and letter from Birdwood to Walter Hume Long, 17 April 1917]
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 9 May 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 22 May 1917 [includes letter from Major General William Holmes to Birdwood, 19 May 1917 with attached letter from Brigadier General Thomas William Glasgow to Major General Wiliam Holmes, 10 May 1917]
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 3 July 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 18 August 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 20 August 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 9 September 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 5 November 1917 [includes letter from Birdwood to unknown general, 3 November 1917]
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 12 November 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 10 December 1917
Letter from Birdwood to Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 31 December 1917 [includes telegram from Fifth Army to First ANZAC Corps, 9 April 1917]