Henry Bird



Dec 20, 1891

Born at Wollaston Ontario 

December 20, 1891 is the date on his birth registration, but his birth date has alternately been recorded as December 17, 1890 and December 17, 1891, and December 17, 1882.


Jan 28, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Coe Hill Ontario 

Ø      Number 636537

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

o       His father had passed away and his mother had remarried

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Aug 15, 1916

Awarded 9 days detention and forfeits 18 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the RMS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

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


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay, supplying work parties to the Engineers.  Although not mentioned in his file, it is later noted that he was a member of the Transport Section


Aug 25, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian TMB (Trench Mortar Battery) for duty


Sep 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 15, 1917

Rejoined the 4th TMB from leave


Oct 13, 1917

Ceased to be attached and returned to the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1918

Fractured a bone in his hand and admitted to No 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Apr 1, 1918

Transferred to No 46 CFA then transferred same day to No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 2, 1918

Transferred via No 10 AT (Ambulance Train) to No 22 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers then admitted to No 6 Convalescent Depot


Apr 8, 1918

Transferred to No 8 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


Apr 11, 1918

Transferred to No 10 Convalescent Depot


Apr 13, 1918

Transferred to No 25 General Hospital at Hardelot


Apr 26, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 27, 1918

Admitted to No 2 Western General Hospital at Manchester and diagnosis changed to read Lobar Pneumonia


Jun 22, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 30, 1918

Reported to be AWL at Tattoo


Jul 1, 1918

Reported back to hospital at 9.30 pm 

As punishment, he was CB (Confined to Barracks) for 2 days and forfeited 1 days pay


Jul 11, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Jul 19, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jul 21, 1918

Married at the Walthamstow House Parish Church 

Next of kin changed to read Mrs Olive Bird (nee Knights), 129 Goaspaid Rd, at Ringwood Road, Walthamstow, E. 17


Jan 17, 1919

Posted to the EORD and assigned to the Depot Company


Feb 15, 1919

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Mar 9, 1919

Embarked the RMS Minnedosa at Liverpool accompanied by his wife



Mar 17, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick


Mar 19, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 80499

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Intended residence on discharge Coe Hill Ontario


Nov 24, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Box 1022 Dundas St, Trenton Ontario


Apr 24, 1934

Deceased at Coe Hill Ontario by accidental drowning, having fallen out of a canoe 

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