Guide to the Dr. George Marshall Oakden Collection

MSE/MD 3820


Collection Summary

Title: Dr. George Marshall Oakden Collection
Dates: 1915-1917
Collection No.: MSE/MD 3820
Creator: Oakden Family
Extent: 14 folders; 1 container; .5 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: The manuscript diaries of Surgeon Lieutenant George Marshall Oakden, who served in the British Navy from 1914 to 1919, and the letters of his brother, Arthur, who died in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.

Selected Search Terms

World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, British.
Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey) -- History, Military -- 20th century -- Sources.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, British -- Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Oakden Collection, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Oakden Papers were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in May 2014, from M. Benjamin Katz Books and Rare Manuscripts of Toronto, Ontario. Arranged and described 2014, by Hannah Herbst. Finding aid 2015, by Hannah Herbst.

Biographical Note

Dr. George Marshall Oakden (1886 - 1928), born in 1886 in Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, was the oldest son of William and Mary Elizabeth Oakden. He was granted a commission as a surgeon for temporary service in the British Navy on December 7, 1914 and remained on duty until March 6, 1919, serving on numerous ships in a variety of locations, which are recorded in his notes. He later married Enid Mostyn. His younger brother, Arthur Marshall Oakden, was born in 1889. He enlisted with the Royal Marines Divisional Engineers on September 21, 1914. He died of a bullet wound on May 21, 1915 and was buried on W Beach in Gallipoli.

Scope and Content Note

The Dr. George Marshall Oakden Collection includes manuscript items of Surgeon Lieutenant George Marshall Oakden, who participated in the British Navy's Mediterranean operations. He kept several diaries that detail His Majesty's Ship (HMS) Prince George's involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 and his time at the Turkish island of Imbros (now called Gökçeada) in 1917. Also included is his "Army Book," which is filled with notes, illustrations, and miscellaneous items detailing his life. Correspondence consisting of nine letters with seven envelopes belongs to his brother, Arthur Marshall Oakden. These letters describe his experience in the Royal Navy from March 1915 to May 1915.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Arthur Marshall Oakden Letters; 2. George Marshall Oakden Manuscript Diaries; 3. Miscellaneous. The folders of each series are arranged chronologically. Typically, there is one item per folder.

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