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(Untitled), 30 Nov 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/68/18-19

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Letter from Lord Curzon (1 Carlton House Terrace, [London]) to WSC enclosing papers [see CHAR 2/68/26-31] showing that in response to the General Staff's recommendation that Gallipoli should be evacuated, which was accepted by the War Committee, Curzon had drafted a memorandum stating the arguments against evacuation, which was supported in Cabinet by 5th Lord Lansdowne, Lord Selborne and Lord Crewe and opposed by Andrew Bonar Law and David Lloyd George. A decision has been postponed , which Curzon believes will make evacuation more difficult. Lord Kitchener, having decided against evacuation of Gallipoli, has returned to Britain to prevent what he sees as a conspiracy against him [to oust him from the War Office]. Lord Derby is to report the complete failure of his recruiting scheme but Curzon and others in the Cabinet are insistent that a bill for conscription be introduced and will resign if it is put off again. Mentions [the retreate of the Mesopotamain Expeditionary Force from] Ctesiphon near Baghdad [Iraq]. Typescript copy at CHAR 2/68/20-25.


  • Creation: 30 Nov 1915

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Published: Winston S Churchill III, pp 601-2 (part); Winston S Churchill : Companion Volume III, Part 2, pp 1294-7


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