Thomas Russell Bird
Bird, Private Thomas Russell no.6282
19th Battalion, later 3rd Battalion.
“Rosyth” Park Street, Campsie.
Born at Walcha May 27,1893.
Son of the late Mr Thompson Bird and Mrs AJ. Daley.
Enlisted September 30,1916.
Embarked November 11,1916.
War service: France (wounded and gassed, May 1917; recovered and returned to duty; wounded and gassed. second occasion, Somme, April, 1918; invalided to England).
Attached to Signal School at the finish of the war
Casualty list SMH 28/6/1917 (Bard, Thomas Russell).
Casualty List SMH 16/4/1918 Wounded (gas), previously reported ill (at Hurdcott).
Australian War Memorial Nominal Roll record: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page/R1559551/?preferred_name=Bird%2C+Thomas&sort=asc&order=id&op=Search (accessed 15/07/2016)
Australian War Memorial Embarkment record: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1867952/ (accessed 15/07/2016)
Returned to Australia 21/12/1918.
Biography and portrait in The All-Australia Memorial 1919.
Married 1926 (1926/1136) to Ada L. Garrett.
Died 3/3/1975 aged 81.
Rookwood Cemetery Garden of Remembrance Wall 12 panel Q (3rd).
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