Henry James BIRD


BIRD, Henry James

Service Number: 2465
Enlisted: 5 August 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Field Company Engineers
Born: Paynesville, Vic., 1891
Home Town: Paynesville, East Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Paynesville State School
Occupation: Engine Driver
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Paynesville Pictorial Roll of Honor, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 2465, 2nd Field Company Engineers
11 Dec 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 2465, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Pozières
11 Dec 1915: Embarked Sapper, SN 2465, 2nd Field Company Engineers, RMS Mooltan, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Henry and Helen Bird, of Paynesville, Gippsland, Victoria

Sapper Henry James Bird, son of Mrs Henry Bird, of Paynesville, was killed in action in France on the 19th August last. He enlisted at Bairnsdale on 21st July, 1915. He was a native of Paynesville and within a month of being 25 years of age, when, while in a trench in France a shell struck him and killed him instantaneously. Four years before he enlisted he was employed at Bendigo as a cream grader and butter-maker and enginedriver. The company by whom he was employed thought a great deal of him and would not have parted with him for any other reason than the one of wishing to serve his country in the war. The officers and men of the company he was in on the battlefields of France were greatly at tached to him. He had a fine genial manner, and was alert and fearless in his duty. While at Bendigo he identified himself with the organisations connected with St. Paul's Church, of which body he was a stanch and loyal member.