Private Horace George Bird

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

20 Apr 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation

Brewery labourer


J. W. Green

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

20 Gloucester Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Belgian Battery Corner

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 6th June 1918
Pte Horace George Bird

Pte Horace George Bird, 27369, 1st King's Shropshire Light Infantry, was killed outright by a gas shell which hit his shelter as he slept at 1am on April 20th, 1918.

In expressing his condolensces, Horace's captain wrote to parents George William and Emily Jane Bird at 20 Gloucester Road, Luton: “He was at the time of his death in a shelter with five other members of his Lewis gun team, and was safe from anything but a direct hit. He died instantly, and was hit while sleeping. The other men in the shelter were all evacuated with gas poisoning and one of them has, I regret to say, since died.

“On the same morning a man of another company was killed under like circumstances, and your boy and he were buried in a British soldiers' cemetery at Belgian Battery Corner, near Ypres, and suitably inscribed crosses mark their graves.”

Born in Luton in 1886, Horace Bird had worked as a general labourer at the J. W. Green brewery in Luton. He had joined up 18 months previously.

Individual Location

Pte Horace George Bird

Author: Deejaya

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