Signed Presentation Portrait of General Sir William Birdwood, 1st Baronet of Anzac and Totnes, 1930
Signed Presentation Portrait of General Sir William Birdwood, 1st Baronet of Anzac and Totnes, 1930
Signed Presentation Portrait of General Sir William Birdwood, 1st Baronet of Anzac and Totnes, 1930
Signed Presentation Portrait of General Sir William Birdwood, 1st Baronet of Anzac and Totnes, 1930
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Signed Presentation Portrait of General Sir William Birdwood, 1st Baronet of Anzac and Totnes, 1930

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 Overall:  73cm (28.7in) x 64cm (25.1in)

Large format portrait photograph of the Commander-in-Chief, India, seated at a desk. Photograph by Kinsey Brothers of Delhi. Signed in the sitters hand ‘W.R. Birdwood’, and dated ‘Delhi ‘1930’. Framed and glazed.

Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, Bart., (1865-1951) was a born in India and served in the Indian cavalry as adjutant of the Viceroy’s Bodyguard. He saw active service on the Northwest Frontier in 1891 and during the Tirah Campaign in 1897. During the First World War he was  Commander of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915, leading the landings on the peninsula and then the evacuation later in the year. He commanded 1st Anzac Corps on the Western Front and was soon heavily engaged in an attempt to capture Passchendaele as the objective of the Third Battle of Ypres. During the critical days of the 1918 German Spring Offensive Birdwood’s Australian Corps recaptured of the key tactical position of Villers Bretonneux. In May 1918 Birdwood was appointed to the command of the depleted Fifth Army which included men from Anzac formations. He toured Australia to acclaim in 1920 and afterwards took over the command of the Northern Army in India in 1920 and became Commander-in-Chief, India, in 1925.