Supporting Argument 1. Monash was considered by many the best General on the Western Front in Europe. He possessed real creative originality, and the war might well have been over sooner, and certainly with fewer casualties, had Haig been relieved of his command and Monash appointed to command the British armies in his place.
Supporting Argument 2. In 2008, the late Rusty Priest, then President of NSW sub-branch of the RSL publicly supported the posthumous promotion of Monash, arguing further that had Monash been promoted earlier on the Western Front that many Allied soldiers’ lives would have been saved.
Supporting Argument 3. The consort of the Queen of Australia, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, remains a Field Marshal and will do so for the entirety of his life. The rank exists, there are people alive with the rank and in any event Charles, Prince of Wales and or his son, Prince William, in succeeding to the throne one day, will be made a Field Marshal.
- at Jerilderie Shire Council
Posthumous Promotion of General Sir John Monash - at The Returned and Services League of Australia
If you want to see this happen, you can do so with focus and strategy. All available elements should be activated, together with a sequencing that would make the ‘Maestro General’ himself proud. The proposal needs to be honed and stated repeatedly along simple lines that will cut through and head-off inevitable criticisms that it will open floodgates for posthumous promotions. The proposal and objective is really all about the above steps.
The proposal and objective is really all about the following, and best stated with these words:
As a salute to all members of the AIF in World War I and as a salute to Australia’s greatest general and an extraordinary citizen, steps be taken to provide for the posthumous promotion of General Sir John Monash one step in rank to the rank of field marshal, effective 11 November 1930, exactly one year after he eventually became a general, in accord with the Blamey precedent, where Blamey was placed on active service for one day to allow his field marshal promotion to proceed.
In turn this should be conveyed to local federal members of the House of Representatives and to senators on both sides. This can be done by letters, emails, delegations of small groups or simply by politely accosting every MP on every occasion encountered. Emails and letters should definitely not take the form of a circularised letter but be individually drafted and reflect your own angle and thoughts on the matter.
This action detailed above will not be enough in itself so an attempt should be made to concentrate the fire, so as to speak, to hit-up MPs and senators in particular months, notably early February at the start of the parliamentary sitting year, April as in the month of ANZAC, July as in the Month of the anniversary of the Battle of Hamel and November as in the month of Remembrance or Armistice Day.
A small group of say ten electors seeking a fifteen minute only appointment with their local federal MP will rarely be turned down, especially if the topic of Monash is clearly stated and the request asks specifically for fifteen minutes. MP’s appreciate delegations that have focus as they are genuinely busy with much ground to cover.
Further, local RSL sub-branches or other community organisations can convene community conferences and forums and such like to discuss the issue of AIF recognition and the particular promotion proposal with regard to Monash. All this type of activity would be best done, not under the umbrella of any particular political party, but with a more broad-based approach.
We are seeking your financial support in contributing to what we regard as a very worthy cause. It is anticipated that the Field Marshal’s baton and rank be presented on a date on or before 11 November 2018 at a Parade.
All donations are gratefully appreciated.
Please make cheques payable to: “Saluting Monash Council”
Major Frank Woodhams
Treasurer Saluting Monash Council
3/800 Military Road
Mosman NSW 2088.
Or direct deposit:
MACQUARIE BANK SYDNEY
Name of Account: Saluting Monash Council
BSB: 182 512
Account Number: 9642 06023
For all donations of over $1,000, a Certificate of Recognition will be presented. It will be signed by the SMC Patron Prof Roland Perry OAM F Monash and the Chair the Hon Tim Fischer AC.
New Medallions have been struck to assist this campaign and remember the brilliance of General Sir John Monash. To date, there has been no financial assistance and your support is needed.
Colours used in the medallions:
Surround - brown represents the mud of the western front
Ribbon - khaki of the soldiers’ uniforms of WWI.
The Medallions have a neck ribbon so that the Medallion and War Bar(s) can be worn on appropriate occasions. The reverse side has a space to engrave messages.
Eligibility: Descendants of WWI Veterans and/or supporters who are keen to support the promotion of Monash to Field Marshal. On the success of the campaign, you will know that you have helped make Australian history. Wearing the medallion will be a positive indication of your support.
The medallions are available for $52.50 and War Bars $28.50 inc GST, packing and postage. If the two are purchased together, an $11.00 saving applies. See www.rfd.org.au for the order form and more details.
During the major battles of the Western Front, General Monash commanded all Australian Troops in the Australian Corps plus Canadians. The Medallion and the war bar should be worn together to acknowledge his leadership. It was on the Western Front that General Monash excelled saving thousands of lives.
The British Generals considered the war would drag on to 1919 with Minister Churchill saying 1920. Monash’s strategic wins rattled the German Military leaders. Monash was told to stop advancing, however he continued with the advance and by doing so saved thousands more lives and millions of dollars.
The formation of a new organisation called the Saluting Monash Council will be launched nationally in the Auditorium of the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on Sunday, 6 November 2016.