Major General Sir William Bridges

Accession Number ART03355
Collection type Art
Title Major General Sir William Bridges
Measurement Overall: 75.8 cm x 63.5 cm x 2.2 cm; framed: 86.5 cm x 73.5 cm x 10 cm
Object types Painting
Maker Rodway, Florence, The Commanders ed. by D M Horner, Allen and Unwin (front endpaper)
Date made 1920
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

A 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.