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Collection number 3DRL/2316
ID number RCDIG0000581
Title Personal Files Book 3, 11 April - 26 April 1915
Record type File
Item count 71
Collection Digitised Collection
Object type Papers
Maker Monash, John
Place made Greece: Aegean Islands, Lemnos, Mudros
Date made 1915
Physical description 131 Image/s captured
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Description

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Colonel John Monash, 4th Infantry Brigade. This file, originally part of Book 3, covers 11 April to 26 April 1915, and includes official and personal correspondence and reports relating to the landing at Gallipoli. It also contains several reconnaissance reports on the Gallipoli peninsula, and personal letters from Monash to his wife, daughter and brother, in which he states his concerns for the landing and bids them goodbye in case it is the "last opportunity I have of talking to you".
This file contains:
Typed translation of a German document containing information on Machine Guns, written by 'Fleck', 11 April 1915;
Memorandum from HQ of Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 14 April 1915;

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Aeroplane Report by Commander R.N, C R Samson, 14 April 1915;
Note with information from aeroplane reconnaissance, 15 April 1915;
Aeroplane reconnaissance information, 15 April 1915;
Objectives for 'A' & 'B' Battalions, as instructed by Lieutenant Colonel Morshead, 15 April 1915;
Report on landing facilities between Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles, 16 April 1915;
Published report on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 16 April 1915;
Sketch of H.M.S 'Queen Elizabeth' by Monash. Sketch is of the view from his porthole and is stated as 'not for publication', 16 April 1915;
Receipt from Thos. Cook & Son for a package sent to Surrey, 16 April 1915;
Receipt from Thos. Cook & Son for a package sent to Surrey, 16 April 1915;
Field Service Postcard from Monash to 'Mrs Monash', 16 April 1915;
Letter from Ship's Adjuntant to Brigade Major, 4th Brigade, 17 April 1915;
Signal sent to the SS Seangchoon, 17 April 1915;
List of names for locations on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 17 April 1915;
Signal organisation for combined operations: alterations and additions, 17 April 1915;
Hand drawn maps of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli peninsula shown elevation and significant landmarks, 17 April 1915;
Message from HQ NZ and Australian Division aboard the Lutzow to Monash, aboard the Seangchoon, 17 April 1915;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Braithwaite to Monash, 17 April 1915;
Message from Division Headquarters, Lutzow to Monash, 17 April 1915;
List of 'local' names for places on the Gallipoli peninsula, the coast from Suvla towards Xeros and from Karnabili to Taifur, 17 April 1915;
Report on villages, roads and water on the Gallipoli peninsula, 17 April 1915;
Report from Lieutenant Colonel Fiennes to the G.O.C. R.N. Division, 17 April 1915;
Motivational message from Major General Birdwood to 'Officers and Men', 17 April 1915;
Aeroplane Report for the 17th April 1915, 17 April 1915;
Message from 'General Staff' to Monash, 18 April 1915;
Transcript of correspondence between Lord Kitchener and Sir Hamilton concerning the fighting at Basra, 19 April 1915;
Operation Order No. 1 by Sir Godley. Contains information on disembarkation, arrangement of transports and timetable for events, 19 April 1915;
Sketch of Port Mudros, Lemnos by Monash. Drawing depicts the entire harbour from a rocky outcrop, 19 April 1915;
Concert Programme for the SS Itonus, arranged by the 14th Battalion band, 19 April 1915;
Aeroplane Report from 16th April 1915, 19 April 1915;
Aeroplane Report from the 18th April 1915, 19 April 1915;
Concert Programme for the HMATS Seangchoon, arranged by the Canterbury and Wellington Infantry Battalions, 20 April 1915;
Correspondence from Monash to Captain Durrant, 20 April 1915;
Memo from Monash to Private Perry providing instructions to check Monash's personal belongings, 20 April 1915;
Memo from Monash to the C.Os, 4th Australian Infantry Brigade Units, with instruction on the conduct of troops and program of disembarkation, 20 April 1915;
Memo to C.O.s, sent by Lieutenant Colonel McGlinn, 20 April 1915;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel McGlinn to O.C. 4th Infantry Brigade containing information on disembarkation procedures and disembarkation schedules, 20 April 1915;
Hand drawn reference map of Gallipoli including elevations, 21 April 1915;
Force Order sent by Sir Hamilton, 21 April 1915;
Message from Monash to NZ and Australian Division HQ, with hand written response from Braithwaite on the reverse, 21 April 1915;
List of corrections to sketch plans of Gallipoli Peninsula, including a note from the Intelligence Section, 21 April 1915;
Operation Order No. 1 by Monash, 22 April 1915 [Draft];
Operation Order No. 1 by Monash, 22 April 1915;
Operation Order No. 1 by Monash. 22 April 1915;
Note from Lieutenant Colonel Braithwaite to those 'who received Operation Order No. 1', asking for 'strictest secrecy to be observed', 22 April 1915;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Braithwaite to HQ, 4th Infantry Brigade, 22 April 1915;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Braithwaite to Monash, 22 April 1915;
Aeroplane Report from Firing Ship HMS Talbot, 22 April 1915;
List of Flag Officers and their Staff, 22 April 1915;
Message from the Haidar Pasha to O.C. Units, Seangchoon, 23 April 1915;
Extracts from Force Order No. 4, forwarded to 4th Infantry Brigade from Lieutenant Colonel Braithwaite, 23 April 1915;
Notes taken from Force Order No. 4 by Staff Captain Jess, 23 April 1915;
Letter from Monash to O.C. Corps on transports Seangbee and Australia, 24 April 1915;
Letter from Monash to his wife, 24 April 1915;
Letter from Monash to his daughter, 24 April 1915;
Letter from Monash to his brother, Mat, 24 April 1915;
Envelope addressed to Mrs Monash. The note on envelope states that the letter is to be delivered should Monash 'fall in action', 24 April 1915;
List of Commanding Officers of seagoing ships in the Easter Mediterranean Squadron, [date unknown];
Instructions for Officer Commanding Troops, [date unknown];
Letter from Staff Captain Jess to O.C. Corps Transport A33, 24 April 1915;
Report from Department of Defence to Monash, 24 April 1915;
Message from Captain Moreton to Monash, 26 April 1915;
Message from NZ and Australian Division HQ to 4th Australian Infantry Brigade, 26 April 1915;
Message to Monash, on behalf of Captain Moreton, 26 April 1915;
Note about the supply of water, 26 April 1915;
Message from NZ and Australian Division HQ to NZ Infantry Brigade and 4th Australian Infantry Brigade, 26 April 1915;
Transcript of correspondence between Monash and Captain Coningham, 26 April 1915;
Message from NZ and Australian Division HQ to NZ Infantry Brigade and 4th Australian Infantry Brigade, 26 April 1915;
Message from NZ and Australian Division HQ to NZ Infantry Brigade and 4th Australian Infantry Brigade, 26 April 1915;
Message to 4th Infantry Brigade, 26 April 1915.

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