Larry C Bird
Bird, Sergeant Lawrence (Larry) C. no.4364 17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcements, later Australian Army Corps Headquarters MM.
“Rosyth” Park Street, Campsie.
Born at Walcha, January 30, 1897.
Educated Paddington P.S.
Enlisted 11/12/1915, aged 22 [i.e. 18].
Next of kin, mother, Mrs E.B. Daley “Rosyth” Park Street, Campsie.
Embarked April 9, 1916.
War service: Egypt; France (wounded March 1, 1917); recovered and returned to duty; awarded Military Medal and promoted Sergeant for conspicuous bravery on the field.
Casualty list DT 30/3/1917.
Wounded SMH 2/4/1917 Private L. Bird, aged 20 years, youngest son of the late Mr. Thomas Bird and Mrs Daly of “Rosyth” Park Street Campsie, has been wounded in France. Before enlisting he was employed by Messrs Moran & Cato wholesale grocers.
Military Medal citation:
AWM 28 2nd Division 11/9/1918 to 24/9/1918. 5th Infantry Brigade. 17th Battalion AIF 4364 Corporal Lawrence Bird: During the operations at WARFUSEE East of Amiens on 8th August 1918, this NCO led his section with gallantry and skill. His section captured two enemy posts and later Corporal Bird personally charged a third which he captured intact. He was responsible for the capture of 23 enemy prisoners in all.
Military Medal recommended by E.F. Martin, Brigadier General commanding 5th Australian Infantry Brigade. Signed J. Robertson, Brigadier General commanding Second Australian
AWM 2nd Division 5/8/1918 to 12/8/1918. 5th Infantry Brigade. 17th Battalion AIF. 4364 Corporal Lawrence Bird: During the advance on LAMOTTE en SANTERRE east of Amiens on 8th August 1918,this NCO led his section with distinction, captured three enemy strong posts and killed a number of the enemy. Corporal Bird displayed great leadership throughout the attack and an utter disregard for personal safety. This excellent conduct was a brilliant example to his men. Signed Charles Rosenthal, Major General commanding Second Australian Division. 20/ 8/1918.
Returned to Australia 13/7/1919.
Portrait and biography in The All-Australia Memorial 1919
Married 1925 to Doris AH. Thorpe.
Died 4/9/1969 aged 72.
Rookwood Cemetery Garden of Remembrance Wall 2 panel J.
Roll of Honour, Canterbury District.
A.J. Daley was living in “Rosyth” Park Street, Campsie in 1930 Sands.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1825214/ (accessed 8 July 2016)
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002