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Manuscript Name Papers of Robin Prior
Manuscript Number MSS 270
Last Updated May 2014
Extent  
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract  

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Box 1

Folder 1

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers: 

  • WO97/2617/57783, 11p.
  • WO95/2634/62299, 3p.
  • WO95/2639/62386, 1p.
  • WO95/2638/62299, 2p.
  • WO95/2643/62386, 2p.
  • WO95/2644/62386, 13p.
  • WO95/2900/40317, 19p.
  • WO95/2131/40254, 3p.
  • WO95/2617/40317, 8p.
  • WO95/1896/62613, 2p.
  • WO95/922/40355, 6p.
  • WO95/1906/62613, 3p.
  • WO95/1907/62613, 3p.
  • WO95/1908/62613, 8p.
  • WO95/1903/7357, 9p.
  • WO95/1895/62613, 13p.
  • WO95/1906/62613, 7p.
  • WO95/1867/40254, 2p.
  • WO95/1903, 8p.
  • WO95/62613, 2p.
  • WO95/1902/62613, 1p.
  • Operations of 41st Division, 15 Sept. 1916), 5p.

Folder 2

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/911/40355, 8p.
  • WO95/911/XC/A/87539, 7p.
  • WO95/915/57631, 5p.
  • WO158/419/XC/A57783, 4p.
  • WO95/3658/57851, 4p.
  • WO95/2162/51556, 7p.
  • WO95/3689, 11p.
  • WO95/3658/57851, 7p.
  • WO95/3693, 21p.
  • WO95/3708, 3p.
  • WO95/3669, 11p.
  • WO95/3658/5785, 5p.
  • WO95/2131/40254, 23p.
  • WO95/2165/62299, 5p.
  • WO95/2164/62299, 4p.
  • WO95/2155/62299, 3p.
  • WO95/2161/62299, 2p.
  • WO95/2161/51556, 7p.
  • WO95/2159/51326, 14p.
  • Correspondence, 30 Sept. 1916), 1p.
  • Operation of the new Zealand Division, 15 Sept. 1916, 4p.

Folder 3

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/2834/62436, 2p.
  • WO95/2841/62386, 4p.
  • WO95/2809/40317, 8p.
  • WO95/2830/62386, 10p.
  • WO95/2828/62386, 8p.
  • WO95/2182, 2p.
  • WO95/674/XC/A57445, 7p.
  • WO95/674/40355, 1p.
  • WO95/1952/62547, 7p.
  • WO95/1945/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/1947/62547, 7p.
  • WO95/1939/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/1944/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/1913/40254, 9p.
  • WO95/1954/62547, 3p.
  • WO95/1953, 7p.
  • WO95/1261/62299, 5p.
  • WO95/1264, 5p.
  • WO95/1265, 39p.
  • WO95/1278, 9p.
  • WO95/1271, 19p.
  • WO95/1263, 7p.
  • WO95/1281, 18p.
  • 46th Infantry Brigade, narrative of events from 12th - 17th Sept. 1916), 8p.

Box 2

Folder 4

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/1269/62256, 7p.
  • WO95/1267/62299, 3p.
  • WO95/1267/62299, 8p.
  • WO95/1280/73545, 40p.
  • WO95/1270/73545, 12p.
  • WO95/2735/51505, 2p.
  • WO95/2732, 3p.
  • WO95/2737, 6p.
  • WO95/2737, 2p.
  • WO95/2744/7357, 9p.
  • WO95/2729, 6p.
  • WO95/2732, 2p.
  • WO95/2701/40317, 3p.
  • WO95/2738/73571, 4p.
  • WO95/2701/40317, 7p.

Folder 5

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/1215/62256, 1p.
  • WO95/1192/40220, 34p.
  • WO95/2126/62436, 7p.
  • WO95/2122/62436, 8p.
  • WO95/2117/62436, 2p.
  • WO95/2115/62436, 2p.
  • WO95/2118/84329, 10p.
  • WO95/1513/51505, 4p.
  • WO95/1513/40220, 4p.
  • WO95/1573, 4p.
  • WO95/1579/62613, 5p.
  • WO95/1513/73571, 4p.
  • WO95/1579/51505, 5p.
  • WO95/1570, 1p.
  • WO95/1579/62613, 2p.
  • WO95/1571, 5p.
  • WO95/1552, 2p.
  • WO95/1614/51556, 13p.
  • WO158/419/XC/A57783, 1p.
  • WO95/1611/73571, 5p.
  • WO158/419/XC/A57783, 5p.
  • WO95/1624/73571, 7p.
  • WO95/1621/73571, 11p.
  • WO95/1608/73571, 6p.
  • WO95/1611/73571, 1p.
  • WO95/1582/4022, 10p.
  • WO95/1618/73571, 9p.
  • WO95/1605/51556, 11p.
  • WO158/419/XC/A57783, 3p.
  • WO95/1582/40220, 2p.
  • Part of a report, pp.86-95

Folder 6

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/911/XC/A/87639, 14p.
  • WO95/911/00523, 9p.
  • WO95/1582/40220, 4p.
  • WO95/915/40355, 4p.
  • WO95/911/40355, 4p.
  • WO95/2949/62547, 1p.
  • WO95/2960, 4p.
  • WO95/2961, 5p.
  • WO95/2955, 11p.
  • WO95/1192/40220, 34p.
  • WO95/1224/62256, 15p.
  • WO95/1220/62256, 5p.
  • WO95/1219/62256, 9p.
  • WO95/1216/62256, 8p.
  • WO95/1215/62256, 2p.
  • WO95/1223/62256, 14p.
  • WO95/1192/40220, 4p.
  • WO95/1219/62256, 4p.
  • WO158/419/XC/A57783, 19p.
  • WO95/1216/62256, 6p.
  • Correspondence, 11 Sept. 1916
  • Book chapter “Appendix IV, Guards Division operation orders”, pp.278-289

Box 3

Folder 7

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/2015/40254, 6p.
  • WO95/2038/62436, 9p.
  • WO95/2043/62436, 9p.
  • WO95/2044/62436, 4p.
  • WO95/2045/62436, 4p.
  • WO95/2050/62386, 4p.
  • WO95/2051/62386, 3p.
  • WO95/1787/40254, 10p.
  • WO95/1806/84329, 13p.
  • WO95/1809/62386, 9p.
  • WO95/1813/62386, 3p.
  • WO95/1816/62386, 6p.
  • WO95/1817/62386, 17p.
  • WO95/1820/62386, 7p.
  • WO95/1821/62386, 5p.
  • Report on the operations carried out by the 53 RD. Infantry brigade in the Thiepval Area from 24th – 29th Sept. 1916, 29p.
  • Correspondence, 9 Feb. 1917, 3p.
  • Correspondence received with a report on operations for the 16th – 28th September 1916, 21p.

Folder 8

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/747/40355, 12p.
  • WO95/2490/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/2564/40317, 20p.
  • WO95/2586/62436, 16p.
  • WO95/2794/62547, 2p.
  • WO95/3764/51326, 16p.
  • WO95/2766/40317, 14p.
  • WO95/3772/51326, 6p.
  • WO95/1787/40254, 13p.
  • WO95/3785/40317, 18p.
  • WO95/1821/62386, 2p.
  • WO95/3811/51505, 20p.
  • WO95/3820/51505, 10p.
  • WO95/3827/51326, 3p.
  • WO95/3837/40355, 5p.
  • Narrative of operations carried out 29th Sept. 1916, 2p.
  • Summary of operations of Canadian corps from 3 p.m. Sept. 3rd to 12 midnight Sept. 8th, 11p.

Folder 9

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/747/40355, 11p.
  • WO95/518/40317, 3p.
  • WO95/2564/40317, 19p.
  • WO95/2582/62436, 1p.
  • WO95/2583/62436, 2p.
  • WO95/2586/62436, 5p.
  • WO95/2587/62436, 3p.
  • Extracts from reserve army daily intelligence summaries, 16p.
  • September 1916 summaries continued 8p.
  • 1916 September, 14p.
  • Reserve army preliminary operation order, 8 Sept. 1916, 1p.
  • Appendix 14, reserve army operation order no. 29, 1p.
  • Notes or conference, 14th Sept. 1916, 2p.
  • Reserve army operation order no. 26, 1p.
  • Reserve army operation order no. 27, 1p.
  • Reserve army operation order no. 28, 1p.

Folder 10

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/1631/57783, 11p.
  • WO95/1655/62256, 2p.
  • WO95/1656/62256, 19p.
  • WO95/1665/73571, 3p.
  • WO95/1666/60039, 4p
  • WO95/1913/40254, 5p.
  • WO95/1937/7357, 7p.
  • WO95/1939/62547, 2p.
  • WO95/1941/62547, 6p.
  • WO95/1945/62547, 1p.
  • WO95/1952/62547, 6p.
  • WO95/1969/84294, 17p.
  • WO95/1970, 10p.
  • WO95/1974/62613, 5p.
  • WO95/1975, 2p.
  • WO95/1977, 2p.
  • WO95/1978, 7p.
  • Summary of operations: covering the period 29th Aug. to 11th Sept. 1916 – 16th Division, 9p.

Box 4

Folder 11

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/1231/40220, 2p.
  • WO95/1265/73545, 6p.
  • WO95/1278/62256, 4p.
  • WO95/1424/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/1431/62547, 5p.
  • WO95/1436/62547, 6p.
  • WO95/1513/40220, 20p.
  • WO95/1513/73571, 15p.
  • WO95/1513/51505, 14p.
  • WO95/1552, 3p.
  • WO95/1554, 10p.
  • WO95/1556, 2p.
  • WO95/1570, 8p.
  • WO95/1573, 6p.
  • WO95/1577, 2p.
  • WO95/1579/62613, 6p.
  • WO95/1580, 3p.
  • WO95/1666/60039, 15p.
  • WO95/1670/62256, 6p.
  • WO95/1631/57783, 44p.
  • WO95/1631/40220, 20p.
  • WO95/1655/62256, 17p.
  • WO95/1656/62256, 6p.
  • WO95/1663/62299, 1p.
  • Report on the operations of the 20th Infantry Brigade in the vicinity of Ginchy from Sept. 3rd to 7th, 1916
  • Attack on Longueval, July 4th, 12p.

Folder 12

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/851/40355, 6p.
  • WO95/1291/40220, 5p.
  • WO95/1291/57851, 12p.
  • WO95/1292/40220, 31p.
  • WO95/1358/62436, 5p.
  • WO95/1359/62436, 3p.
  • WO95/1361/62613, 6p.
  • WO95/1362/62436, 8p.
  • WO95/1371/62436, 12p.
  • WO95/1372/62436, 4p.
  • WO95/1377/40220, 16p.
  • WO95/1378/57851, 1p.
  • WO95/1424/62547, 1p.
  • WO95/1437/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/1445/40220, 5p.
  • WO95/1513/40220, 1p.
  • WO95/1513/73571, 5p.
  • WO95/1556, 13p.
  • WO95/1570, 4p.
  • WO95/1571, 8p.
  • WO95/1573, 6p.
  • WO95/1575/34294, 28p.
  • 1st Battalion. The Gordon highlanders, 4p.

Folder 13

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/1192/40220, 11p.
  • WO95/1231/40220, 36p.
  • WO95/1264/62256, 1p.
  • WO95/1276/40220, 3p.
  • WO95/1276/62299, 60p.
  • WO95/1279/62256, 8p.
  • WO95/1344, 9p.
  • WO95/1378/57851, 48p.
  • WO95/1424/62547, 1p.
  • WO95/1432/62547, 2p.
  • WO95/1435/62547, 8p.
  • WO95/1436/62547, 4p.
  • WO95/1437/62547, 3p.
  • WO95/1945/62547, 1p.
  • WO95/1981/40254, 13p.

Box 5

Folder 14

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/1261/62299, 32p.
  • WO95/1264/62256, 35p.
  • WO95/1265/62256, 3p.
  • WO95/1267/62299, 35p.
  • WO95/1269/73545, 9p.
  • WO95/1270/62256, 1p.
  • WO95/1279/73545, 12p.
  • WO95/1279/62256, 9p.
  • WO95/1281/73545, 10p.

Folder 15

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO95/851/57631, 8p.
  • WO95/2392/51268, 4p.
  • WO95/2491/40288, 12p.
  • WO95/2503/62299, 12p.
  • WO95/2505/62299, 4p.
  • WO95/2506/62299, 12p.
  • WO95/2510/62299, 7p.
  • WO95/2511/62299, 6p.

Folder 16

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO158/18/XC/A57711, 12p.
  • WO158/19/XC/A57711, 16p.
  • WO158/233/XC/A57996, 39p.
  • WO158/245/40355, 11p.
  • CAB45/132/57996, 6p.
  • CAB45/135/57851, 6p.
  • CAB45/136/XC/A/57851, 6p.
  • CAB45/138/XC/A57851, 2p.
  • CAB45/188/XC/A/59070, 7p.
  • CAB45/189/XC/A/57851, 8p.
  • CAB45/190/XC/A/57851, 21p.
  • CAB45/191/57851, 14p.
  • WO95/4/XC/A57711, 11p.
  • WO95/5/ XC/A57711, 2p.
  • WO95/518/40317, 2p.
  • WO95/672/XC/A57445, 3p.
  • WO95/851/40355, 20p.
  • WO95/863/XC/A/59070, 1p
  • WO157/171/40355, 24p.
  • WO157/172/40355, 2p.
  • WO158/234/XC/A57996, 1p.
  • Fourth Army intelligence summary (26th June 1916, 27th June 1916, 28th June 1916), 12p.
  • Summary of operations (28th June 1916, 29th June 1916, 30th June 1916, 30th June 1916), 14p.
  • Note on the results of the battle of the Somme during the month of July, 4p.
  • Somme plans, 3rd Army, 13p.
  • Somme plans, 4th Army, 2p.
  • Report on hostile artillery opposite the Fourth Army front from June 1st, 3p.
  • Miscellaneous Somme plans, notes, correspondence...etc., 16p.

Box 6

Folder 17

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916) of below reference numbers:

  • WO158/835/84329, 10p.
  • WO158/836/84329, 17p.
  • WO158/843/84329, 10p.
  • WO95/96/84329, 19p.
  • WO95/110/84329, 14p.
  • Somme - Arty notes and stats, 1p.

Folder 18

Photocopied war diaries/reports (1916):

  • Somme - French material, 44p.
  • The French attack on 18 August 1916, 5p.
  • Clive diary, CAB 45/201, pp.95-96
  • Map 15 AFGG 4/2, heavy arty 6 Army, 1p.
  • Extract from report on the Second French Army in Champagne, and the lessons to be learnt there form, 13p.

Folder 19

Photocopied war diaries/reports:

  • Extracts from a diary, June – September 1916, 47p.
  • Extracts from a diary by Keith Probert, April 1915, 6p.

Folder 20

Photocopied war diaries/reports:

  • The British attack on Beaumont-Hamel, July 1st 1916, Royal United Services Institute Journal, Vol. LXVI, Feb 1921, pp.137-141
  • III The battles on the western front (English and German language versions), 40p. (English); pp.53-116 (German)
  • VI. The Western Front in July and August (English and German language versions), 29p.(English); pp.338-389 (German)
  • German language extracts from unidentified source, pp.83-103
  • German Reports on Defence Works, pp.8-13
  • Instruction for firing with “Green – Cross” (GAS) Shell from light field howitzers on the area north of artillery ravine and mametz wood (translation of a German document), 1p.
  • Army order regarding the execution of counter-attacks (translation of a German document), 2p.
  • Main principles in the employment of the assault battalion (Sturmbataillon) (translation of a German document), 1p.
  • Copy of captured German document showing the organization of the artillery in the sector held by the 3rd Guard Division,  1p.
  • Annex to Fourth Army summary no. 77, dated 10th Sept. 1916, 3p.
  • Experiences of the IV German Corps in the battle of the Somme during July 1916, 14p.
  • Experience of the German 1st Army in the Somme battle, 24th June – 26th November 1916, 6p.
  • Barrage fire (translation of a German document), 2p.
  • Translation of a German captured document dated 19th June 1916 – Regulations relating to the disposition and functions of machine guns, 3p.

Folder 21

Photocopied war diaries/reports/correspondence:

  • Notes on the lessons of the operations on the Somme as regards infantry attack formations and the employment of specialists, 27p.
  • Record file of papers – record: AWM 252 [A106] – [A107], 58p.
  • Correspondence from C. Carre Riddell to his father, 6p.
  • Fourth Army: hints of the intelligence service during battle, 7p.
  • B. H. Liddell Hart., Impressions of the Great British offensive on the Somme, 67p.
  • Lessons learnt from the battle of the Somme (translation of a German document), 4p.
  • Some pages from “Military operation: France and Belgium, 1916 - History of the Great War based on official documents”10p.
  • Range card for defence, 4p.
  • Correspondence from General Rawlinson to Maj. Gen. J. F. N. Birch, 28 Sept. 1916, 4p.
  • 4 Maps – Area East of Fourth Army, 4p.
  • A note on the surgery of the casualty clearing stations within the fourth and Reserve Armies during July 1916, 2p.
  • Artillery lessons of the battle of the Somme, 6p.
  • Note on the results of the battle of the Somme up to the 8th September, 3p.
  • Artillery lessons drawn from the battle of the Somme, 13p.
  • Actual casualties by divisions for July 1916, 1p.
  • Second Army, 1p.
  • R’s plan 8th July, 4p.
  • Summary of daily activity on 4th Army front from 4th Army summary of operations, 2p.
  • Summary showing German Divisions which have reinforced the Somme from July 1st to Sept. 8, 1p.
  • WO95/1934/57223, 1p.
  • WO95/863/XC/A59070, 2p
  • WO95/1735/40254, 3p.
  • WO95/1192/40220, 2p.

Box 7

Folder 22

Photocopied/original maps:

  • 32  maps with annotations for “The Somme, 1916: battle of Morval”, compiled in the historical section (Military branch)
  • 28  maps with annotations for “Deville Wood – Pozieres 1916” , compiled in the historical section (Military branch)
  • 10  maps with annotations for “Attack on Guillemont, 1916”, compiled in the historical section (Military branch)
  • 1 map – Rawly 1st plan
  • 2 maps – “The Somme, 1916: the battle of Albert 1st July, the Fourth Army objectives”
  • 1 map, Ref: Wo153/1146
  • 1 map, Ref: Wo95/2403/51268
  • 18 German language maps
  • 5 German language maps (includes 4 colour maps)
  • Map no 8.
  • Portion of a German language map with caption “Einbruchstellen am 5.u.7.November”

Folder 23

Photocopied/original maps:

  • A large fold-out map “The Somme battlefield, 1916”
  • 9 maps with annotations for “Skeleton map of 4th Army front”
  • 8 maps with annotations for “Forth Army front”
  • Portion of a large fold-out map with only portion of the title showing “of August 8th...of Amiens”
  • 1 map, Ref: WO153/165 (L) BC/3033

Folder 24

Statistics:

  • Statement showing number of days each Division has been in front line in Somme battle, from 1st July to 31st Oct. 1916, 1p.
  • Table (ii) – estimated strengths of the expeditionary forces (including units have commenced to embark), by months since December, 1914, 6p.
  • German language document on Somme, September 1916, 4p.
  • German casualties. Battle f the Somme, 2p.

Folder 25

Photocopied war diaries/reports:

  • WO95/850/40355, 2p.
  • WO95/155/57223, 3p.
  • WO95/518/40317, 5p.
  • WO95/850/57631, 9p.
  • WO95/851/57631, 8p.
  • WO95/851/40355, 6p.
  • WO95/863/XC/A/59070, 8p.
  • WO95/866/4035513p.
  • WO95/2367/40288, 18p.
  • WO95/2392/51268, 6p.
  • WO95/2394/51326, 5p.
  • WO95/2395/51268, 14p.
  • WO95/2397/51268, 3p.
  • WO95/2398/51268, 2p.
  • WO95/2402/51326, 10p.
  • WO95/2403/51268, 11p.
  • WO95/2491/40288, 39p.
  • WO95/2510/62299, 6p.
  • WO158/19/XC/A57711, 9p.
  • WO158/233/XC/A57996, 2p.
  • WO158/245/40355, 7p.
  • Battle of the Somme: preparation by the Fourth Army, 63p.
  • Report of the Fourth Army Commander’s remarks at the Conference held at Fourth Army headquarters, 22 Jun 1916, 6p.
  • Miscellaneous: includes Somme plans, operation orders, correspondence ...etc.

Folder 26

This folder includes miscellaneous draft notes (raw data sheets, statistics..etc)

Also includes: Some pages photocopied from a book and some notes on “Middlebrook – First day on the Somme”