William Throsby Bridges — Australian Soldier born on February 18, 1861, died on May 18, 1915

Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges KCB, CMG was a senior Australian military officer who was instrumental in establishing the Royal Military College, Duntroon and who served as the first Australian Chief of the General Staff. During the First World War he commanded the 1st Australian Division at Gallipoli where he died of wounds on 18 May 1915, becoming the first Australian general to be killed during the war. He was the first Australian—and the first graduate of Kingston—to reach the rank of major general, the first to command a division, and the first to receive a knighthood. He is one of only two Australians killed in action in the Great War to be interred in Australia... (wikipedia)

Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.
Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.
Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives.
We come to beginnings only at the end.
Each person's life is a story that is telling itself in the living.

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