Edgar Ernest BIRD


BIRD, Edgar Ernest

Service Number: 86
Enlisted: 22 August 1914
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies
Born: Lexton, Vic., 1889
Home Town: Fifield, Lachlan, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 3 June 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Murgon Memorial Wall, Murgon RSL Honour Board, Murgon War Memorial, Parkes & District Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 86, 1st Divisional Signal Company
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Sapper, SN 86, 1st Divisional Signal Company, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Sapper, SN 86, 1st Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
3 Jun 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 86, 1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mary and the late John BIRD

The following letter, written by Lieutenant J.M. Grant, bearing date of June 10th, from Gaba Tepe, addressed to T. G. Bird, Esq, Fifield, tells how another of our heroes fell.

"Dear Sir, I regret to have to inform you of the death of Lance Corporal Edgar Bird, who was killed by shell fire on the evening of the 3rd June. At the time of hs death your brother, with three others, was repairing one of the brigade's telephone lines, when a shell burst over them. Death was instantaneOus. For good work done on the day of our landing here, 25th April, he had been promoted to Lance-Corporal, and in him, I have lost one ibf my best and most reliable Non. Com. Officers."

BIRD -Killed in action, Dardanelles, Sapper Edgar E Bird No 86 Queensland Signal Engineers, aged 25, dearly beloved fourth son of Mr and Mrs John Bird, Glenlogie Fiifield, N.S.W. Inserted by his loving mother, father, and brothers

BIRD - Killed in action Dardanelles, Sapper Edgar E. Bird, No 86 Queensland Signal Engineers. He gave his life for his country. Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law, Elma and John Skinner, Caringya Park, Trundle.