“When they came and told me that [Major-General] Legge was ill, and could not speak as a result of a sore throat, I could imagine no more terrible affliction for him, and that that would probably be the punishment meted out to him on the Day of Judgement…”

Lieutenant-General William Birdwood in a letter to Australian Governor General Ronald Munro-Ferguson on the removal of Australian general James Gordon Legge on the pretence of illness.

Legge was an avid nationalist when it came to the Australian military, making him quite unpopular with British and more imperial minded officers.