ANZACs of Interest: Major General Sir William Bridges

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Having served in the Second Boer War as commandant of the Field Artillery Brigade, William Bridges was appointed Australia's Chief of the General Staff (then Australia's top soldier) 1906-09. He became the first commandant of Australia's (now Royal) Military College, Duntroon 1911-14; before being tasked with the formation of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at the declaration of the First World War. His AIF became the 1st Division and other divisions were added over the next two years.  He became the second Australian to be promoted to Major General.  Bridges took his 1st Division to Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 as part of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).  Fatally wounded by a sniper just twenty days later, Bridges died on 18th May.  During those last three days he was knighted by King George V.  Sadly, William Bridges is almost a forgotten Aussie hero and ANZAC.
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