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Levi Bird was born in the parish of St Patrick, near Wigan. He was a 19 year old collier when he enlisted in the 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 2nd September 1914.

His mother was Mary Ann, he had two brothers Matthew and John.

During March and April 1915, whilst preparing for their deployment, Levi was punished for disobeying an NCO, and having a dirty rifle. On both occasions he was confined to lines for 7 days.

Levi sailed with his Battalion to France on 31st July 1915.

At some point he was attached to the 178th Tunneling Company of the Royal Engineers. It was whilst attached to this unit he was killed. The 10th Battalion Adjutant on hearing the news wrote in the war diary;

5th November 1915  

…Three privates attached to the 178th Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers, were this day killed by an enemy explosion.

Rank: Private
Service No: 15490
Date of Death: 05/11/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn. attd. 178th Coy. Royal Engineers

On 31st January 1920 and then 13th September 1921, John Bird received and acknowledged his brothers 1914/5 Star, and British War Medal.




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