Bird William

SURNAME Bird
NAME William
PLACE-BIRTH Woolwich England
OCCUPATION Labourer
PLACE-ENLISTMENT Port Douglas
DATE-ENLISTMENT 17-02-1915
NEXT-OF-KIN Edward Bird (father) London
LINK-TO-DOUGLAS SHIRE Enlisted at Port Douglas.
REGIMENT-1 25th Battalion AIF
RANK Private
CAMPAIGN-1 Gallipoli
CAMPAIGN-2 Western Front
KILLED-IN-ACTION Yes 25-12-17
OTHER-INFO Embarked Brisbane on Aeneas June 1915. Awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal
STORY-OUTLINE William Bird, an English immigrant working as a labourer in Douglas district, enlisted at Port Douglas in February 1915. He departed Australia with the 25th Battalion in June 1915 for service in Gallipoli (arriving 4 September). After the Gallipoli withdrawal to Egypt, Bird with the 25th joined the war at the Western Front in May 1916. In France, he suffered bronchitis then on 6th November 1917 was subjected to a gas attack and was hospitalised. He returned to his unit on 17 December but eight days later, Christmas Day, he was killed in action.
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