Harold Godfrey Bird
5 Aug 1851 Born in Greater Wigbourough, Essex, son of Godfrey Bird
Dec 1864 Entered Navy as a Cadet
1866 Appointed to HMS Pallas (Corvette, Channel Squadron)
1 Apr 1867 Promoted to Midshipman
22 Jun 1869 Midshipman on HMS Ocean (Flag Ship, China)
15 Oct 1871 Sub-Lieutenant on HMS Dryad (Sloop, East Indies)
15 Jan 1872 Promoted to Sub-Lieutenant
21 Sept 1874 Sub-Lieutenant on HMS Newcastle (Frigate, Detached Squadron)
28 Apr 1876 Promoted to Lieutenant
25 Mar 1878 Lieutenant on HMS Tenedos (Corvette, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa) During the Zulu war he was placed in charge, with two petty officers, of the wharf and depot at Durban. South Africa Medal, no clasp.
11 Dec 1880 Placed on the Retired List.
Apr 1881 He is listed as a ‘patient’ at Royal Naval Hospital, Yarmouth
Oct 1881 His medal for the Zulu War was sent to his brother, Captain F.V.G. Bird, RMLI. A notation on the medal roll shows Lieutenant Bird was ‘Insane’.
18 Mar 1883 Died, age 31, at Royal Naval Hospital, Yarmouth
Note: Captain Frederick Vincent Godfrey Bird, RMLI was part of the Marine Battalion sent to South Africa, arriving at Simon’s Bay in June
1879, too late to participate in the Zulu War.
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