Australian War Memorial×
Major General Sir William Bridges
ID numberART03355
Collection typeArt
TitleMajor General Sir William Bridges
MeasurementOverall: 75.8 cm x 63.5 cm x 2.2 cm; framed: 86.5 cm x 73.5 cm x 10 cm
Object typePainting
  • Rodway, Florence
  • The Commanders ed. by D M Horner, Allen and Unwin (front endpaper)
Place madeAustralia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made1920
Physical descriptionoil on canvas
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionA posthumous portrait of Major-General Sir William Throsby Bridges, KCB, CMG (18 February 1861 - 18 May 1915). At the outbreak of the First World War, Bridges was selected to raise and command an Australian force for overseas service that, at Bridges suggestion, was called the Australian Imperial Forces. He landed with the 1st Australian Division at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. On 15 May 1915 Bridges was mortally wounded by a Turkish sniper while inspecting positions in Monash Valley, Gallipoli. His body was returned to Australia and interred on Mount Pleasant, overlooking Duntroon. He was the only Australian soldier of the First World War to be honoured in his way.