Corporal Harold Henry Bird

poppyCorporal Harold Bird was born in 1897, the son of Joseph and Jane Bird, who at the time lived in Kidderminster.  The family later moved to Lyndhurst Road, Heath Hayes.

Harold was a former drummer with the Heath Hayes Scout Troop and regularly attended services at the Bourne Methodist Chapel on Hednesford Road.

In 1911 he was recorded as a ‘pit boy and engine driver’ at the Coppice Colliery, known locally as the ‘Fair Lady’ pit.

He enlisted with the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards early in 1915 – he was killed in action on 1st December 1917.  

Shortly after his death, his Superior Officer wrote a moving letter to his family saying ‘Harold was a gallant soldier, who was keenly devoted to his duty’.

Harold is commemorated on the Heath Hayes War Memorial and the Cambrai Memorial in Louverval, France

 

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