(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