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RCDIG0000628

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Collection number 3DRL/2316
ID number RCDIG0000628
Title Personal Files Book 18, 28 March - 20 April 1918
Record type File
Item count 115
Collection Digitised Collection
Object type Papers
Maker Monash, John (Maker)
Place made France
Date made 1918
Physical description 171 Image/s captured
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Description

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Major General John Monash, 3rd Australian Division. This file, originally part of Book 18, covers 28 March 1918 to 20 April 1918 and includes correspondence regarding the defensive action at Morlancourt, statements supporting Sergeant Stanley Robert McDougall's recommendation for a Victoria Cross and reports on other minor operations carried out by the 3rd Division. The letters exchanged between Monash and Field Marshal Birdwood also discuss the probability of reuniting the ANZAC Corps. It also includes a letter from the Minister for Defence requesting items for the newly established War Museum.
This file contains:
Message to 7th Corps, 35th Australian Division and 4th Australian Division, 28 March 1918;
Statement by Lieutenant Robinson, 28 March 1918 [Copy];
Printed map from The Times titled 'The Great Battles of the Somme and Ancre', 28 March 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, 29 March 1918;
Letter from Sir Birdwood to Monash, wishing Monash good luck for future endeavours, 29 March 1918;
Message to 9th, 10th and 11th Brigades, 29 March 1918:
Message from 7th Corps, 29 March 1918;
Message to 7th Corps stating that line has been pushed forward, 29 March 1918;
Table with recommendation of VC for Sergeant Stanley Robert McDougall, 29 March 1918;
Message from 4th Australian Division to 3rd Australian Division, 30 March 1918;
Sworn statement by Sergeant Brown, supporting Sergeant McDougall, 30 March 1918 [Copy];
Letter from Monash to Sir Birdwood, 30 March 1918;
Letter to Sir Birdwood, unsigned, 30 March 1918;
Message from 7th Corps stating that a German attack has been repulsed, 30 March 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, 30 March 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, states that enemy strength during attack was equal to two brigades, 30 March 1918;
Message from Sir Godley to Monash, 30 March 1918;
Message from Monash to 'Dear General', reports on successful counter attack by 9th Brigade, 31 March 1918;
Message to HQ 7th Corps and 4th Australian Division, 31 March 1918;
Message from Sir Birdwood to Monash, 31 March 1918;
Letter from Major General White to Monash, 31 March 1918;
Letter from Sir Birdwood to Monash, 31 March 1918;
Note by Monash stating that 'all well on 31st', 31 March 1918;
Letter from Monash to 'Dear Walter', 31 March 1918;
Map titled 'Southern Area', showing locations of Second Army, Eighteenth Army and Seventh Army, also indicates specific division locations, 31 March 1918;
Report on Operation carried out on night of 30th/31st March, includes map titled 'Rough Sketch', 31 March 1918;
Report on recent operations by 33rd and 34th Battalions, 31 March 1918 [Copy];
Letter from Brigadier General Rosenthal to Monash, contains report on counter attack operation, 1 April 1918;
To do list on defensive line, 9th Brigade and orders to infantry, April 1918;
Notes on requests by battalions, 1 April 1918;
Message from Brigadier General Rosenthal to G.O.C. 2nd Cavalry Division, 1 April 1918;
Document titled 'Notes of my Visit to Corps' by Monash, 2 April 1918;
Table displaying a 'Summary of Actual Casualties in the Division from Noon 26th March to Noon 2nd April', 2 April 1918;
Message from 7th Artillery Brigade to Monash, 2 April 1918;
Table showing 'Approx Fighting Strength ast at Noon 2nd April', 2 April 1918;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Collins to 9th Australian Infantry Brigade, 12th Lancers and War Diary, 3 April 1918;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Collins to 9th Australian Infantry Brigade, 12th Lancers and War Diary, 3 April 1918;
Statement on Sergeant MacDougall by Sergeant Lawrence, 3 April 1918 [Copy];
Statement by Captain Symons, 3 April 1918 [Copy];
Sworn statement by Lieutenant Reid of the 47th Battalion, confirms the actions of Sergeant MacDougall, 3 April 1918 [Copy];
Envelope and message regarding the 9th Brigade, address on envelope stated by Monash to have been written by the 'Earl of Dalkeith', 3 April 1918 [Incomplete];
Letter from D.M.T.S AIF to D.A.G. AIF, includes two instructions sheets titled 'A' and 'B', 4 November 1917;
Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Deeble to Brigadier General McNicoll, includes written response from McNicoll, 3 April 1918;
Note containing name of Brigadier General Sandilands, 4 April 1918;
Message to 14th Division, 4 April 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, 4 April 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, 14th Division and 15th Australian Brigade, 4 April 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, provides details of the deployment of the 104th Brigade on the Somme, 4 April 1918;
Letter from Brigadier General Rosenthal to 'My Dear General' with information on the defence of Villers Bretonneux, 5 April 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, 5 April 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, 4th Division, 15th Brigade and 35th Division, reports on enemy attack on Treaux, 5 April 1918;
Message to 7th Corps, 4th Australian Division, 3rd Cavalry Division, 15th Australian Brigade and 104th Brigade, 5 April 1918;
Message from Major Hamilton to A.D.C. and G.O.C. 3rd Australian Division, 5 April 1918;
Outline for Conference of Company Officers for the 3rd Australian Divisional Signal Company, 3 March 1918;
Message to Australian Corps from Monash, 6 April 1918;
Special Order by Brigadier General Rosenthal, 6 April 1918 [Copy];
Note by General Staff on German Offensive Tactics, 6 April 1918;
Translation of German Documents, 6 April 1918;
Message to 10th Brigade, 7 April 1918;
Table with notes taken from 'Conversations with Brigadiers by phone', 7 April 1918;
Report on operations conducted by the 9th Australian Division on the 4th and 5th April, 7 April 1918;
Letter from Brigadier General Rosenthal to 'My Dear John', 7 April 1918;
Note and telegram from 4th Brigade to Monash, telegram states praise for the 4th Brigade by Brigadier General Parkin, 8 April 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, 10th, 15th Divisions and 5th and 2nd Brigades, 9 April 1918;
Table displaying 'Actual Casualties Reported' for the 3rd Australian Division, 9 April 1918 [Copy];
Letter from Brigadier General Rosenthal to 'John', 9 April 1918;
Letter from Brigadier General Rosenthal to 'John', 9 April 1918;
Circular addressed to 10th, 11th Brigades and 5th Australian Division, 10 April 1918 [Draft];
Letter and envelope from Major General Mullins to Monash, 10 April 1918;
Letter from Sir Birdwood to G.O.Cs All Australian Divisions, 11 April 1918;
Special Order of the Day issued by Sir Douglas Haig, 11 April 1918;
Message to Officers, N.C.Os and men from Major General Commanding 3rd Australian Division, 11 April 1918;
Note from Major General Sinclair-MacLagan to Monash, 11 April 1918;
Notes on the Reorganisation of Motor Transport by Lieutenant Colonel Jackson, 12 April 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to Australian Corps, 12 April 1918;
Message from 3rd Australian Division to Australian Corps, recommends that Major White takes temporary command of 36th Battalion, 12 April 1918;
Transcript of conversation with Brigadier General Rosenthal, 12 April 1918;
Letter from HQ 16th Battalion to 'My Dear Simonsen', 12 April 1918;
Letter from Brigadier General Rosenthal to 'John' [Monash], 13 April 1918;
Letter from Monash to Sir Birdwood, 13 April 1918;
Administrative Instruction No. 34 for the 3rd Australian Division, 13 April 1918;
Circular Memorandum No.88, 13 April 1918 [Copy];
Instructions for Occupying Second Zone, 15 April 1918;
Notification of the establishment of the Australian War Museum, from the Department of Defence, provides a list of items, such as letters and relics it is seeking for its collection, 15 April 1918;
Administrative Instruction No. 35, includes table showing ammunition scheme for defensive zones, 16 April 1918;
Notes on preparation for attack, 16 April 1918;
Agenda for 'G.1' at Corps, 16 April 1918;
Notes on information to be given to Brigadiers, 16 April 1918;
Letter from D.M.T.S. AIF to D.A. & Q.M.G, Australian Corps, 16 April 1918;
Document titled 'Scheme of Withdrawal' from Forward Zone, includes map titled 'secret plan', 17 April 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, 17 April 1918;
List of Admission, Transfers and Discharges from Hospitals, 17 April 1918;
Message from Lieutenant Colonel Cannan to Monash, 18 April 1918;
Page of A.Q's Notes, 18 April 1918;
Report on 'successful enterprise' issued by Captain Jackson to 3rd Australian Division, 18 April 1918;
Congratulation' card by Monash, front has flattened leaf and flowers and states that it was sent by Dorothy Warner on 5th February and received 18th April, 18 April 1918;
Message to Australian Corps, 18 April 1918;
Message to 11th Brigade, 18 April 1918;
Message to D.A.G. AIF, 18 April 1918;
Partial statement on the lack of control of Intelligence Officers by Lieutenant Fraser, 19 April 1918;
List of Staff Trainees, 19 April 1918;
Special Order of the Day issued by Sir Rawlinson, 19 April 1918;
List of letters posted, 19 April 1918;
Table displaying 'Approximate Fighting Strength', 19 April 1918;
Table displaying Actual Casualties Reported from 26th March to 18th April, 20 April 1918;
Table of letters received, 20 April 1918 [Draft];
List of letters posted to Sydney and date they were received, [date unknown];
Envelope addressed to Captain Molesworth, 17 April 1918;
Envelope addressed to Captain Molesworth, 17 April 1918;
Envelope addressed to Monash, 18 February 1918;
Envelope addressed to Monash, 9 February 1918;
Envelope addressed to Monash, 31 January 1918;
Envelope addressed to Monash, 4 February 1918;
Envelope addressed to Monash, 7 February 1918;
Envelope addressed to Monash, [date unknown].

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