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ART03339

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ID number ART03339
Title General Sir William Birdwood
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Artist Quinn, James Peter
Place made France
Date made 1918
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement framed: 93 x 80.5 x 10.5 cm; unframed: 76.4 x 63.6 cm

Description

Major General Sir (later Field Marshal Lord) William Riddell Birdwood (of Anzac, Bt), GCB, GCMG, CIE, DSO, was selected from the Indian Army 1914 to command the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. He supervised the corps during its training in Egypt and let it during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Birdwood retained command of the Australian and New Zealand formations when they moved to the Western Front early in 1916, and throughout their campaigns in France and Flanders until May 1918, when he was appointed to command the British Fifth Army. His contact with the Anzacs was not severed by this appointment, as they remained under his command in the Fifth Army until the end of the war. He was warmly and affectionately known to his soldiers as "Birdie".