The Department of Veterans' Affairs says it will repair the grave of World War I General William Birdwood.

The English general led the Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli and later on in France and Belgium.

He insisted on naming the Turkish beach where they landed in April 1915 as Anzac Cove.

At Gallipoli, he impressed his men by regularly visiting the front lines and earned a respect that was shown to very few senior British commanders.

The Victoria Cross Trust had appealed for funding to repair his grave, which is lying in a state of neglect at Twickenham Cemetery in London.

The Australian Government says while the grave is a private memorial and the responsibility of his family, it has made an exception.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs contacted the general's grandson, permission was gained to remediate the grave and the repair work will be completed this month.