George Bird

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Name:George Bird
Address:Boldon Colliery
Medal Record:BWM-Victory Medal-1914-15 Star
Regimental No.1064
StoryGeorge was born in 1894 to parents William Bird and mother Jane Bird with brothers Robert, John and sister Isabella. On the 1901 census he was lving in Hedworth lane Boldon Colliery and on the 1911 Census in 48 Church Street Bodlon Colliery whilst working as a coal miner. Sometime after he emigrated to Australia where he enlisted in 35th Infantry Battalion Australian Imperial Force on 6th December 1915 at West Maitland, New South Wales. He was posted to the D Company in Newcastle (Australia).Serving with this battalion, he was sent overseas, embarking for the first time on 1st May 1916. He travelled in the HMAT Benalla A24 from Sydney. During his service he was in England and France. In November 1916 he was in England for his wedding with Margaret May Bottorns, who lived in 23 Wells Row, Boldon Colliery. The ceremony was in the parish church of Hedworth on 8th November. At that time, according to the marriage register, he was living in Weston, New South Wales (Australia).A year after he was attached to the 9th A. I. Brigade Headquarters (20/9/17).In 1919 he returned to Australia on the “Canberra”, embarking on 23rd July and disembarking on 14th September 1919. George Bird was finally discharged on 7th November 1919

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