|Measurement||sheet: 35.4 x 24.9 cm (irreg.); image: 26.6 x 17.4 cm|
|Physical description||pencil on wove paper|
|Date made||15 February 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel
Portrait in right profile with moustache of General Sir Harry Chauvel KCMG, KCB and Croix de Guerre. He is wearing a shoulder strap with crossed sword and baton badge, and Sam Browne belt. Chauvel began his active military career in the Boer War in 1900. In 1915 he commanded the first Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli and after evacuation was given command of the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division. In April 1917 he succeeded Sir Philip Chetwode to the command of the whole Desert Column, later the Desert Army Mounted Corps, thought to be the largest body of cavalry ever to serve under one leader. He commanded Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Indian units. After his overwhelming successes in Palestine he continued in the army and retired as Chief of General Staff in 1930.