Dawn of the Legend: William Bridges
In 1914, a Scottish-born Australian regular officer, William Bridges, was ordered to raise and command the Australian Imperial Force – it was a name he had chosen – for overseas service. He was promoted major general and led the 1st Australian Division at the 25 April landing at Anzac. As the situation deteriorated that day, he unsuccessfully urged for an evacuation.
Bridges was an early casualty of the fighting. A Turkish sniper got him on 15 May and he died three days later. In his last moments he was heard to say, "Anyhow, I have commanded an Australian Division."
Bridges had made his name as a military administrator but is now remembered mostly for the manner of his death and burial; his body was returned to Australia and interred at the Royal Military College, Duntroon. It will never be known whether he would have gone on to become a great commander. For his part on Gallipoli, however, he became Australia's first notable general, and the only soldier whose body was brought home during the war.
- The dawn of the legend
- 'Worthy sons of the Empire'
- The failed plan
- Ian Hamilton
- William Bridges
- Ewen Sinclair–MacLagan
- 25 April 1915 –The landing
- 25 April 1915 – Battle for the beaches
- 25 April 1915 – Battle for the ridges
- 25 April 1915 – The casualties debacle
- 25 April 1915 – A hard and bloody day
- Eight months at Anzac
- 25 April 1915 – The British landings
- 25 April 1915 – Australian submarine AE2
- The landing boat
- The legend
- The Turkish legend
- Roll of Honour
- The Anzac spirit
- Battles for the imagination