THE family of a World War One Anzac legend are donating their ancestor's horse saddle to the Inglewood RSL.
The handover of Major General Edwin Tivey's heirloom to the RSL's museum is expected at a ceremony on Sunday.
It is expected to be displayed prominently given Tivey's legendary reputation forged in service to his country.
Tivey, the son of an Inglewood storekeeper, served in leadership positions throughout World War One including in Egypt and later in Europe, according to the Inglewood Historical Society's 2004 history book Back to Inglewood.
He served with particular distinction on the battlefields of France.
That included leading a force during a bloody and unsuccessful 1916 battle at Fromelles, where he was injured but remained on duty.
A year later, Tivey brigade captured the town of Bapaume and was part of heavy fighting a few months later at Bullecourt. It was also involved in the heavy September fighting of the Battle of Polygon Wood.
Tivey was shot in the arm in October.
He was gassed while commanding forces at Villers-Bretonneux the following May.
By November, he had been made permanent commander of the 5th division and after the war was named an honorary major general as recognition of his service and leadership.
After returning home, Tivey made his living as a Melbourne stock trader.
He died at his Toorack home in May 1947 and was buried with full military honours.
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