Hiram Edwin Bird



Mar 10, 1890

Born at Coe Hill Ontario


Mar 24, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Coe Hill Ontario 

Ø      Number 636932

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Bird (mother) of Coe Hill Ontario

o       Her name was later changed to Mary Matilda Ferguson as she was married to Samuel Ferguson and he is listed as the step son of Sam Bird on the 1901 Census and his birth year shown as 1890

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

o       On the 1911 Census he is listed as a Servant with a birth year of 1888

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

He gave his birth date on Attestation as March 10, 1887


Jun 5, 1916

Admitted to the Ongwanada Military Hospital in Kingston Ontario with an infected eye


Jun 6, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 27, 1916

Admitted to the Ongwanada Military Hospital in Kingston Ontario diagnosed with Rheumatism


Jul 18, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 30, 1916

Sentenced to 2 days detention and forfeits 2 days pay for Absence


Oct 13, 1916

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother, Mary Ferguson


Oct 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 30, 1916

Forfeits 5 days pay for Absence


Nov 1, 1916

Admitted to the Connaught Hospital at the Aldershot Camp diagnosed with VDG (Gonorrhea)


Nov 14, 1916

Discharged from hospital to duty 

Restricted to half pay for the 15 days in hospital


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion 

The Battalion was in billets at Bully Grenay carrying out training exercises


Feb 17, 1917

At duty from Trench Mortar Course 

It is not mentioned when he proceeded on the course


Apr 9, 1917

Killed in Action during the battle for Vimy Ridge 

He was initially buried ½ mile north west of Farbus France, approximately half way between Farbus and the village of Vimy. 

When the war graves were being consolidated into the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemeteries, the body could not be located.  As a result, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial



Jun 1, 1921

The following items were sent to his mother, Mrs Mary M Ferguson at Coe Hill Ontario 

Memorial Cross

Plaque (Death Penny)


British War Medal

Victory Medal 

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