Charles Bird

Name

Charles Bird

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

29/04/1917
21

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
19347
Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

ARRAS MEMORIAL
Bay 5.
France

UK Memorials

St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye
St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green
Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born in 1896 in Green Tye, Much Hadham son of William and Emma Bird. In 1911 he was living in Green Tye and working as a farm labourer.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford and was killed in action at Arras. Battle of Arras: This was a British offensive attack on German trenches near the French city of Arras that started on April 9th and lasted until May 16th. The British made significant advances but no breakthrough. 4th Bedfordshire War Diary Extract: “28th April 1917 - Oppy Line Battalion received sudden orders to move up to front line to attack Oppy trench system from R.L.Y. 29th April 1917 - Battalion attacked at dawn and captured objective. Was counter attacked and driven out. Recaptured trench and consolidated it about 11am. Trench heavily shelled by the Bosche all day. Battalion relieved at night by H.A.”

Additional Information

Brother of Lance Corporal Alfred Bird who was killed on 25 Oct 1918 and is also commemorated on these memorials.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)