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PostSubject: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:39 am

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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:55 pm

Frederic Vincent Godfrey Bird was a Captain of the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines Light Infantry in 1879.  He served in the combined marine battalion from Portsmouth, Chatham and Plymouth who were sent to South Africa under the command of Lieutenant Colonel R.W.B. Hunt.  They were transported aboard HMS Jumna to Cape Town, South Africa, where they were halted before being sent back to England.  Due to the fact that they did not get to Natal they were not entitled to the South Africa Medal; but they could claim that they had "served in the Battalion of Royal Marines sent to South Africa for special service in the Zulu War, 1879."

F.V. Godfrey Bird was the brother of Lieutenant Harold Godfrey Bird who served aboard HMS Tenedos during the Zulu War.

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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:41 pm

Hi Petty Officer Tom

Many thanks for all the information, that makes sense.

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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:18 am

Fred V G Bird RMLI Died 29th December 1899 and is buried in Maidstone Road Cemetery Chatham, his wife who is buried with him died less then a month later.
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:20 am

Forgot to say his brother Harold g Bird is buried in Great Yarmouth.
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:22 am

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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:14 pm

Good find Admin, we all know where you went over easter?
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel F.V. Godfrey Bird, Royal Marines   Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:09 pm

Rai a little Bird told me where to look. There are few RMLI men buried there, just to the left of the Church main entrance. Took all of 20 mins to find him.
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