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
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.
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.”
Brother of Lance Corporal Alfred Bird who was killed on 25 Oct 1918 and is also commemorated on these memorials.
Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)