Series 7: Correspondence with Sir George Foster Pearce, 1915-1919

Accession Number RCDIG0000045
Collection number 3DRL/3376 7/-
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Series
Item count 86
Object type Letter
Maker Various
Date made 1915-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

A series of letters exchanged between Field Marshal Lord William Birdwood and Sir George Foster Pearce whilst Pearce was serving as the Australian Minister of Defence. Topics discussed include the campaign to take Bapaume in France, the appointment of Australian officers, the Australian federal election of 1917, desertion cases among Australian forces, and operations for Bullecourt and Passchendaele. There is also mention of clothing, conscription, recruitment, weather conditions, and origins of the word Anzac. Several officers in the Australian and British forces are also mentioned including General Legge, General Walker, and General Monro. Mention is also made of Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean and Keith Murdoch.