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Gen William Riddell Birdwood

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Gen William Riddell Birdwood
Birth: Sep. 13, 1865, India
Death: May 17, 1951, England

General, Field Marshall and the First Baron of Anzac and Totnes. Earned his commission from the Royal Military College and served with the 12th Lancers and the 11th Bengal Lancers from 1885 to 1887. He was an experienced military officer who served in numerous campaigns and in the African War under Lord Kitchener. He was promoted to Major General in 1911 and served as secretary to the Army Department, government of India and in 1912 with the Viceroy's Legislative Council. In November 1914 he was promoted to Lieutenant General in command of the forces raised in Australia and New Zealand for Europe. By 1916, Birdwood was in command of the Australian Imperial Forces and was responsible for building up the Australia Imperial Forces base and its trainings posts in England. As General in 1917 he commanded the Fifth Army and in 1925 was appointed Field Marshall. He retired in 1930 and in 1938 was made "Baron Birdwell of Anzac and Totnes". He died in Hampton Court Palace, in Middlesex and was buried with full military honors. A town in Southern Australia was named in his honor. (bio by: Tom Denardo)

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