Sir Alexander John Godley

(1867—1957) army officer

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(4 February 1867–6 March 1957). Born in England, the eldest son of a regular soldier, Godley was commissioned in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1886 and served with the mounted infantry in the Boer War. In 1910 he was promoted to major-general and given command of the New Zealand Territorial Force. He was created KCB in 1913 and KCMG the following year. On the outbreak of war Godley was appointed to the command of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. In Egypt he became GOC, NZ and A Division, a composite force consisting of two New Zealand brigades and one Australian brigade (the 4th under Monash). At the landing at Gallipoli Godley had little scope to exercise much influence on the battle, that burden falling in the first instance to the junior officers and the men. On the peninsula Godley was indefatigable in touring the trenches but his stern unbending attitude did little to commend him to the troops.


From The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Military History.

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