Joseph Henry Bird was born in Pensnett, Staffordshire c.1872.
Around 1893 he married Jane – maiden name currently unknown. During the early part of the twentieth century, the family appear to move from town to town and this was probably due to finding work. In those days ‘No work meant no money’ so it was quite common for families to move from place to place to find employment.
Shortly before the outbreak of World War One the Bird family appear to have settled in Lyndhurst Road, Heath Hayes.
Joseph is known to have served as a regular soldier with the Grenadier Guards and in 1916 was recorded as a Military Policeman
Although Joseph survived the conflict, his son Harold Henry Bird (who also served with the Grenadier Guards) was killed in action in 1917 – read Harold’s story on the Roll of Honour.
*While tracing their family history, relatives of the Bird family have discovered that there was another James Henry Bird who died in the conflict and who also came from the Cannock area.
Apparently one day the wife of Joseph Henry Bird (Heath Hayes) had a knock at the door and was informed that her husband had been killed. It turned out that it was in fact the other James Henry Bird (Cannock) who had died – this Joseph Henry Bird is recorded on the Cannock town centre War Memorial.
*Thank you to the family for supplying this additional information