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Dr. George Marshall Oakden Collection

Identifier: MSE/MD 3820

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1915-1917


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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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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.


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.

Dr. George Marshall Oakden Collection
Hannah Herbst
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556