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George Morton Bird

In memory of:

Private George Morton Bird

May 6, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)


29th Bn.

Additional Information

Son of George Hubert and Florence Amelia Bird, of Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Enlisted in the 62nd Bn.

Commemorated on Page 201 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

III. A. 19.


Barlin is a village about 11 kilometres south-west of Bethune on the D188, between the Bethune-Arras and Bethune-St. Pol roads, about 6.5 kilometres south-east of Bruay. The BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY and EXTENSION lie to the north of the village on the D171 road to Houchin.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of October 17, 1916. Image taken from web address of
  • George Bird and Family– In May 1917, Mrs. Florence Bird of Alberni, British Columbia, wife of sawmill owner George Bird, received the devastating news from Ottawa that her son George, aged twenty-six, had died of wounds received during recent heavy fighting in France. George had left with the 62nd Battalion in the spring of 1916 and had taken part in the capture of Vimy Ridge. George Bird Sr. was also overseas, in Great Britain, serving with the 2nd King¿s Own Rifles, Lancaster Regiment. George Jr. had come with his parents to the Alberni district in 1892. He was an ardent sportsman and athlete and was the goalie for the championship soccer team of 1910. Before he went to war he had been working for the Royal Bank of Canada in Vancouver.
  • Photo of George Bird
  • Memorial– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Birch to Blakstad. Mircoform Sequence 10; Volume Number 31829_B034746; Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 154 Page 57 of 734

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