General Sir William Birdwood, by John Singer Sargent. --- March 1916 "A few days later our brigade received word to move on to France. Needless to say all was excitement. General Birdwood addressed us, he said out brigade was the first to enter France and he hoped we would at all times uphold our reputation. Our brigade than entrained for Cairo, from there we continued our journey to Alexandria where our boat was waiting to take us on the France. "