WILLIAM JAMES BIRD

Born: 1st March 1885, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd September 1916; age 31; died of Brain Disease – Steepo, Cardio Vascular Degeneration – 2 ½ months and Circulatory Failure, at the Ipswich Borough Asylum. Served 73 days.

Residence: 31, Cromwell Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Details: Date: 1st March 1916; Age: 31 years & 6 months. Next of Kin: father – Joseph Bird. Height: 5ft 2 1/2ins.

Discharged: 26th June 1916; age 31; No longer physically fit – Delusional Insanity. Originated 4th June 1916 – Stow Langton.
Maniacal excitement, delusions that he is being gassed & ill-treated. Not a result of & not aggravated by military service. Had no training but acted as Hut Orderly.

 

Service Number: 4606

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2/5th Battalion, ‘B’ Coy (T.F.).

 

Grave Reference:
Ipswich Old Cemetery,
Ipswich.

 

Brother to EDGAR RAYNER BIRD.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   28, St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Joseph Bird, 32, a Timber Merchant’s Clerk, born Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
Sarah Jane Bird, 30, born Rawul Pindee, Bengal, India.
Ethel Mary Bird, 8, born Ipswich.
Ellen Maud Bird, 5, born Ipswich.
Joseph John Bird, 2, born Ipswich.
Edgar Rayner Bird, 7 months, born Ipswich.

 

1901   29, Cromwell Street, Ipswich.

William was 16 years old, worked at a Timber Yard. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Joseph, 42, a Timber Merchant’s Clerk.
Sarah, 50.
Ethel, 18, a Shop Assistant.
Ellen, 15, a Clerk – Drapery Shop.
Joseph, 11.
Edgar, 10.
Selina Amelia Bird, 9, born Ipswich.
Winifred Grace Bird, 7, born Ipswich.
Sidney Arthur Bird, 5, born Ipswich.
Stanley Bertram Bird, 4, born Ipswich.
Walter Samuel Bird, 2, born Ipswich.
baby son, 1 month, born Ipswich (Cecil Bennett).

1911   12, St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

William was 26 years, a Grocer’s Warehouse Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Joseph, 52, a Greengrocer & Confectioner Shopkeeper – own account.
Sarah, 50.
Ethel, 28, a Medical Nurse – own account.
Nellie, 25, a Draper’s Clerk.
Joseph, 22, a Clerk – Sack Merchants.
Winifred, 17, a Confectioner’s Assistant.
Stanley, 14, an Office Boy – Coal Merchants.
Cecil, 10.

 

Stanley Bertram Bird: –

E.A.D.T – Saturday, 29th May 1915 – Second-Lieutenant Moss, of the 4th Suffolks, in a letter to Mr. Joseph Bird, of 28, St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich, gives information of the wounding of his son, Private Stanley Bartram Bird. The young Territorial was wounded in the trenches on Tuesday of last week, being hit in the chest, receiving a cut on the back, and a slight cut on the thigh. He bore himself very pluckily. Lieutenant Moss adds: – “He has done his duty well, and our Company Commander is sorry to lose him.”

 

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