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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
THE DARDANELLES 1915: Selection of Cabinet Office papers made for King's College London
1906-1915, 1969
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Cabinet Office

Administrative / Biographical history

No information at present.

Archival history


Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre, 1990

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound volume of copies of Cabinet Office documents relating to the planning and conduct of Mediterranean Expeditionary Force operations in the Dardanelles, 1915. Documents include memorandum from Col Rt Hon John Edward Bernard Seely, Secretary of State for War, relating to the strategic importance of the Mediterranean, May 1912; copy of manuscript letter from Rt Hon Herbert Henry Asquith MP, Prime Minister and Secretary of State for War, to HM King George V, relating to requests from the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force for increased reinforcements, Jun 1915; copy of typescript letter from Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law, Secretary of State for the Colonies, to Asquith requesting an immediate evacuation of British forces from the Dardanelles, Nov 1915; memo from Lt Gen Sir William Riddell Birdwood, Commanding Officer, ANZAC, to the Cabinet urging a renewed British effort in the Dardanelles, Nov 1915; memorandum from Rt Hon Arthur James Balfour to the Cabinet urging the British government not to abandon the Dardanelles,Nov 1915.

System of arrangement

Arranged according to PRO class and series number.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Public Record Office, Ruskin Ave, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary guide entry and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Public Record Office, Kew, in class numbers CAB 4, CAB 37, and CAB 42.



Compiled Nov 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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