Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE

Date of birth  1865-09-13  Kirkee, India. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1883  Joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers. 
Other units  1885 - 1899  Served in India as a cavalry officer with the 12th Lancers, 11th Bengal Lancers and Viceroy's Bodyguard. 
Other  1899 - 1902  Served in South Africa on the staff of General Lord Kitchener. 
Date of honour or award  1908  Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE). 
Date promoted  1911  Promoted to major general. 
Other  1912  Served as Secretary of the Indian Army Department. 
Other units  1914-11  Chosen to command a corps composed of the Australian and New Zealand troops in Egypt. They became known as the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or ANZAC. This corps later served in Gallipoli. 
Date promoted  1914-12-12  Appointed temporary lieutenant general. 
Date wounded  1915  Seriously wounded at Gallipoli. 
Date of honour or award  1915-01-01  Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (KCSI). 
Other  1915-03  Sent to report on the naval attack on the Dardenelles. 
Date of honour or award  1915-06-23  Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG). 
Date promoted  1915-10-28  Promoted to lieutenant general and General Officer Commanding of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. 
Date promoted  1915-10-28  Promoted major general. 
Other units  1915-11-19  Took command of the Dardenelles Army. 
Date of honour or award  1916-01-28  Mention in Despatches. 
Other units  1916-02-17  Took command of I Anzac Corps. 
Date of honour or award  1916-02-24  French Legion of Honour - 2nd Class Grand Officer. 
Date of honour or award  1916-04-10  Mention in Despatches. 
Date of honour or award  1916-07-13  Mention in Despatches. 
Date of honour or award  1916-07-25  Mention in Despatches. 
Date promoted  1916-09 - 1918-05  Formally appointed commander of the AIF. 
Date of honour or award  1917-01-04  Mention in Despatches. 
Date of honour or award  1917-02-14  Belgian Order of La Couronne - Grand Officer. 
Date of honour or award  1917-05-15  Mention in Despatches. 
Date of honour or award  1917-06-04  Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB). 
Date promoted  1917-10-23  Promoted to general. 
Other  1917-11-03  Aide de camp to His Majesty the King. 
Date of honour or award  1918-03-11  Gazetted French Croix de Guerre. 
Other units  1918-05-31  Given command of the British Fifth Army. 
Date of honour or award  1919-01-01  Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG). 
Date of honour or award  1919-03-11  Gazetted French Croix de Guerre, avec Palme. 
Date of honour or award  1919-08-21  Portuguese Order of the Avis - Grand Officer. 
Date of honour or award  1919-12-30  Created Baron Birdwood of Anzac. 
Date promoted  1920  Promoted to general. 
Date of honour or award  1923  Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB). 
Date promoted  1925 - 1930  Promoted to field marshal and became Companion in Chief, India. 
Other  1930  Retired from the Army. 
Date of honour or award  1930-01-01  Knight Grand Commander of the the Order Star of India (GCSI). 
Date of death  1951-05-17  Middlesex, England. Birdwood was buried with full military honours.