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Cecil George BIRD

Regimental number2572
Place of birthForrest, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDriver
Address236 Young Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10.5"
Weight177 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Clara Bird, 9 Collett Street, Kensington, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 64th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Date of death19 July 1916
Place of burialRue-Petillon Millitary Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 76), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
165
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Jabez and Sarah BIRD. Born at Forrest, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 58th Bn from 6th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 23 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn and reverts to the rank of Private, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal and appointed Lance Sergeant, Tel el Kebir, 2 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, Moascar, 11 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery, no date stated.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIRD Cecil George

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