REPORTED SERIOUSLY HURT Melbourne, May 17.
The Governor-General has received the following cable from Sir Ian Hamilton,dated Tenedos, May 17, 8.40 a.m.:— "Deeply regret to announce that General Bridges was wounded yesterday. I have seen him. He is very cheerful, but his wound is certainly serious."
Major-General William Thorsby Bridges, C.M.G., has had a distinguished military career. In August last he was appointed to the command of the 1st Division of the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces. He was born at Greenock on February 18, 1861, and is a son of Captain W. W. S. Bridges, R.N. He was educated at Trinity College School, Port Hope, and the Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada. He obtained his first Commission in the New South Wales Artillery in 1885. He served in the South African campaign in 1899 and 1900, and received the Queen's medal, with three clasps. Major-General Bridges was attached to the headquarters of the Commonwealth Military Forces in 1902, and became chief of the Intelligence Branch in 1905. He was appointed chief of the General Staff in 1909, in which year he received a Companionship of St. Michael and St. George. His next appointment was as Inspector-General of the Commonwealth Military Forces, and Commandant of the Royal Military College. He attained the rank of brigadier-general on May 30, 1910, and the substantive rank of major-general was conferred upon him when he took command of the Australian forces. His splendid work in the Dardanelles will long be remembered, but he had previously done invaluable service in training the men under his command for the great task which was entrusted to them.
1915 'GENERAL BRIDGES.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 22 May, p. 39, viewed 1 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89147435