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.