Henry S Bird

Henry was born in Penarth, the son of Frederick Bird. 1n 1911 he lived at 31 King Street with his father, his brother Frederick, sister-in-law Eliza, nephews Frederick and Eddie and niece Violet. He worked as a ship’s fireman. Henry served in the 8th Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment and died of wounds on 8th July or 18th July 1916 aged 34 (died in hospital at Northampton after being severely wounded at Mametz Village) and is buried in St Augustine’s churchyard. Henry was buried with military honours on 22nd July 1916 after being placed on a gun carriage at Northampton from the hospital to the station. Henry was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry. When the enemy rushed an isolated trench he saved the situation by collecting bombs and superintending the erection of stops and barbed wire. During the whole operations he set a splendid example to his company (commendation dated 20th March 1916).