“General Sir W.R. Birdwood.”
A British postcard from the “Generals of the British Army” Series and portrait artwork by Francis Dodd.
Affectionately called "the Soul of Anzac" and "Birdy", General William Birdwood was the famed commander of the Anzac Corps at Gallipoli in 1915. He led the Anzac landings at the Dardanelles and the eventual planned evacuation from its bloodied beaches about a year later.
|Just as many Anzacs had enjoyed what little simple pleasures they could get in the Gallipoli warzone, General Birdwood also enjoys a swim off Anzac beach. Source: Auckland Weekly News, 18 November 1915.|
|General Birdwood watching the evacuation of troops from the Gallipoli Peninsular in December 1915.|
Source: Auckland Weekly News, 6 April 1916.
|Anzac Day, London, 1916. General Sir William Birdwood awarding a NZ soldier the DCM.|
Source: Auckland Weekly News, 8 June 1916.
Birdwood died in 1951 and is buried at Twickenham Cemetery in England. His name is honoured throughout New Zealand: the Birdwood Range in the Canterbury foothills, the location of the Anzac Club on Birdwood Street in Featherston, Birdwood Avenue in Christchurch, Birdwood Crescent in Parnell, Auckland and Birdwood Street in Karori.