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Anzac Day, remembering my grandfather – Percy Bird

(Tracey’s grandfather – Percy Bird WWI Studio portrait & Percy (in his 90’s) in front of the Williamstown Primary School)

Percy Atkinson Bird (born in 1889), 17th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion, of Williamstown, Vic. Australia. Pte Bird enlisted on 2 July 1915 and embarked aboard HMAT Euripides on 4 April 1916. During this time he served in France & Belgium, part of which marching on The Somme. In May, 1917 in Lagnicourt, France he was gassed and a had an operation on his thyroid gland saving his life. He was then sent to a hospital in Weymouth UK & was eventually shipped home to Australia 0n the 31st of October 1917. He married and had a family with 2 sons & 2 daughters. He lived most of his life in Williamstown & worked as an auditor on the Victorian Railways. In his retirement years he loved gardening & growing his own vegetables. Percy lived to the grand old age of 100 & six months. He was very much loved by his his family, whom are very proud of him.

Thank you Pa Bird.

Lest We Forget

3 thoughts on “Anzac Day, remembering my grandfather – Percy Bird

    1. Thank you Elaine, he was a very special man, he told us lots of stories about his experiences during the war. He was always very positive and happy.

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