Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow

MAJOR GENERAL SIR THOMAS WILLIAM (BILL) GLASGOW

Major General Sir Thomas William (“Bill”) Glasgow

MAJOR GENERAL SIR THOMAS WILLIAM (BILL) GLASGOW

Bill Glasgow was born into a farming family at Tiaro, Queensland on the 6th June 1876.  He joined the Queensland Mounted Infantry in 1897 and went on to take part in the Second Boer War and World War 1 at Gallipoli, the Western Front, the Battle of  Amiens, and the Second Battle of  the Somme and the battle of  the Hindenburg Line.

During the Great War he commanded the 1st and 4th Divisions, the 13th Brigade and the 2nd Light Horse.

While under attack by the Germans at Villiers Bretonneux, Glasgow received a request to surrender to which his reply was “Tell them to go to hell!”

He was awarded the Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, the Companion of the Order of  St Michael and St George, the Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in Despatches (10), the Legion d’Honneur (France), the Croix de Guerre (France) and the Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

Upon his return to Australia, Glasgow went into politics and became the Australian High Commissioner to Canada on 24th December 1939.  He retired from that position in 1945 and passed away in Brisbane on  4th July 1955.

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