Sir T. William Glasgow and Lady Glasgow Papers

Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow KCB CB CMG DSO digital story

As an officer of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Glasgow served in Egypt and on Gallipoli, where he led 200 New South Wales Light-horsemen in an attack on Dead Man's Ridge on 7 August 1915. In France he commanded 13th Infantry Brigade, and displayed decisive leadership and tactical skill to recapture Villers-Brettoneux on 25 April 1918. Promoted to Major General, he commanded the 1st Australian Division on the Western Front. 

Glasgow was a frequent correspondent, and his papers include letters written almost daily to his wife Belle, who moved to London in 1916 to be closer to him, and their children Joan and Beth who stayed in Queensland.

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The Gallipoli Campaign in the William Glasgow Letters

William Glasgow during World War I. John Oxley Library Acc: 29571, William Glasgow during World War I. John Oxley Library Acc: 29571
William Glasgow during World War I. John Oxley Library Acc: 29571 For the past few months I have had the privilege of arranging the World War I lette
Major William Glasgow. , Major William Glasgow.  Photograph from The Queenslander, 26 September 1914
Major William Glasgow.  Photograph from The Queenslander, 26 September 1914 At the time of the landing Glasgow, a Major with the 2nd Light Horse Brig
Letter from Major Glasgow to his wife, 2 May 1915. Acc:: 29571/88, Letter from Major Glasgow to his wife, 2 May 1915. Acc:: 29571/88
Letter from Major Glasgow to his wife, 2 May 1915. Acc:: 29571/88
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"The infantry opened the campaign as far as Australians were concerned on Sunday last & the Queensland regiments did remarkably well, but got rath
William Glasgow standing in a trench at Pope's Hill, Gallipoli, 1915. Acc: 29571, item 1075., William Glasgow standing in a trench at Pope's Hill, Gallipoli, 1915. Acc: 29571, item 1075.
William Glasgow standing in a trench at Pope's Hill, Gallipoli, 1915. Acc: 29571, item 1075. On May 29th Glasgow was with the garrison on Pope's Hill
Letter from Captain Gilmore of the 2nd Light Horse to Mrs Glasgow. 15 June 1915, Acc: 29571/95., Letter from Captain Gilmore of the 2nd Light Horse to Mrs Glasgow. 15 June 1915, Acc: 29571/95.
Letter from Captain Gilmore of the 2nd Light Horse to Mrs Glasgow. 15 June 1915, Acc: 29571/95. By midsummer the British attack at Gallipoli had stal
Colonel T.W. Glasgow (centre) with Capt. P. Fiaschi (left) and Major H.Pope (right) at Destroyer Hill, Gallipoli, 1915. Australian War Memorial G01327., Colonel T.W. Glasgow (centre) with Capt. P. Fiaschi (left) and Major H.Pope (right) at Destroyer Hill, Gallipoli, 1915. Australian War Memorial G01327
Colonel T.W. Glasgow (centre) with Capt. P. Fiaschi (left) and Major H.Pope (right) at Destroyer Hill, Gallipoli, 1915. Australian War Memorial G01327
Major Bourne. Photograph from The Queenslander, 3 October 1914., Major Bourne. Photograph from The Queenslander, 3 October 1914.
Major Bourne. Photograph from The Queenslander, 3 October 1914. Glasgow in a letter to Belle writes "You will have heard ere this of the evacuation o

The re-capture of Villers-Bretonneux - in letters

Postcard, 14 October 1919. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Acc. 29571/951, Postcard, 14 October 1919. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Acc. 29571/951
Postcard, 14 October 1919. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Acc. 29571/951 In gathering together on Anzac Day this year to acknowledge
Brigadier General (Brig Gen) T. W. Glasgow CB CMG DSO and staff, standing at the door to the 13th Brigade Headquarters. Australian War Memorial Acc. E02135, Brigadier General (Brig Gen) T. W. Glasgow CB CMG DSO and staff, standing at the door to the 13th Brigade Headquarters. Australian War Memorial Acc. E
Brigadier General (Brig Gen) T. W. Glasgow CB CMG DSO and staff, standing at the door to the 13th Brigade Headquarters. Australian War Memorial Acc. E
Letter from General Glasgow to his wife Belle in London, 25 April 1918. Acc: 29571/639, Letter from General Glasgow to his wife Belle in London, 25 April 1918. Acc: 29571/639
Letter from General Glasgow to his wife Belle in London, 25 April 1918. Acc: 29571/639 and in another letter dated the following day (Acc. 29571/640)
Letter, 29 April 1918, Acc. 29571/644, Letter, 29 April 1918, Acc. 29571/644
Letter, 29 April 1918, Acc. 29571/644 'Praise above all for the Australians, and no praise can be too high for their swift ability and unsurpassable
Letter, 12 May 1918, Acc: 29571/655, Letter, 12 May 1918, Acc: 29571/655
Letter, 12 May 1918, Acc: 29571/655
Letter, 12 May 1918, Acc: 29571/655, Letter, 12 May 1918, Acc: 29571/655
Letter, 12 May 1918, Acc: 29571/655 Praise for his troops continues in a letter to Belle dated 27 July 1918. He writes: 'Please girl don't imagine t
Letter, 27 July 1918, Acc: 29571/772, Letter, 27 July 1918, Acc: 29571/772
Letter, 27 July 1918, Acc: 29571/772 Another account of the Villers-Bretonneux recapture can be found in the collection of Townsville-born journalist
Letter from George Goddard to his mother, 28 April 1918, Acc: 2885/58, Letter from George Goddard to his mother, 28 April 1918, Acc: 2885/58
Letter from George Goddard to his mother, 28 April 1918, Acc: 2885/58
Letter from George Goddard to his mother, 28 April 1918, Acc: 2885/58, Letter from George Goddard to his mother, 28 April 1918, Acc: 2885/58
Letter from George Goddard to his mother, 28 April 1918, Acc: 2885/58 Perhaps the best account of the re-capture might be General Glasgow's own spoke

Armistice Day in the Glasgow Family Letters

Featured image for blog post 934916, Joan and Beth Glasgow, ca. 1915/1916
Joan and Beth Glasgow, ca. 1915/1916 World War I had a profound effect on many Queensland families, disrupting relationships and separating family me
Annie Isabell (Belle) Glasgow. John Oxley Library, Item No. 29571-982., Annie Isabell (Belle) Glasgow. John Oxley Library, Item No. 29571-982.
Annie Isabell (Belle) Glasgow. John Oxley Library, Item No. 29571-982. On the 10th November 1918, on the eve of the armistice, Belle Glasgow in Londo
Australian soldiers marching in the Lord Mayor's Victory Parade in London, 9 November 1918. Photograph courtesy of Aussie-mobs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/70994841@N07/16389119023, Australian soldiers marching in the Lord Mayor's Victory Parade in London, 9 November 1918. Photograph courtesy of Aussie-mobs: https://www.flickr.com
Australian soldiers marching in the Lord Mayor's Victory Parade in London, 9 November 1918. Photograph courtesy of Aussie-mobs: https://www.flickr.com
Letters from the Glasgow Collection, Acc 29571., Letters from the Glasgow Collection, Acc 29571.
Letters from the Glasgow Collection, Acc 29571. Lynn Meyers, QANZAC100 Content Curator