Monash 4 Field Marshal
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The elevation of Gen SIr John Monash is closer to reality than ever and will right a wrong of over 100 years standing. Will you support this proposal? - sign the petition or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as follows and Hon Tim Fischer will place this before the Prime Minister in early April,
On your Letterhead.
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Dear Prime Minister,
RE: The Jerilderie Proposition
I write on the behalf of the ( Insert your name or organization name here) and wish to inform you that I/we strongly support the Jerilderie Proposition; namely to posthumously promote General Sir John Monash to the rank of Field Marshal and hope that this is able to be achieved as soon as possible but at the latest by 11 November 2018.
It is widely accepted by historians, military leaders and international politicians of the day that Sir John’s achievements as Commander of the Australian Army Corps are of such high order that he rightly deserves the accolades that rank him as the supreme field commander of World War One.
Many believe that, had the war continued into 1919, the Commander in Chief, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig would have likely been replaced by General Monash as Chief of all British and Dominion troops.
Britain, France, Belgium and the United States recognised his contribution as worthy of the highest honours but, regrettably, he received no similar military recognition from the Australian government, the country of his birth and the country he loved as arguably Australia’s greatest citizen.
It is Australia’s shame that there was a deliberate ploy by the then Prime Minister Hughes, to withhold recognition and even official thanks to General Monash.
The fact that it is now almost a century later does not diminish the injustice and the insult. The promotion in rank in conjunction with the opening of the Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre at Villers- Bretonneux will go a long way to correcting this.
Until this is done Monash is relegated to the second rank of Australian Military Commanders; a position that is unjustifiable. He was not even the first among equals- he stood supreme.
We urge you to implement the Jerilderie Proposition and look forward when this happens.
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