Charlie Bird

Rifleman Charlie Bird, L27934
Foxford, Saskatchewan
The Regina Rifle Regiment

Birth place and date: Charlie was born in Alfreton, Derbyshire, England on 26 February 1911.

Home town: Charlie grew up in Foxford, SK.

Religion: Charlie was a member of the Church of England.

Occupation: Before the war, Charlie served as a farm labourer.

Marital Status: Charlie was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: Charlie’s next of kin was his father, Charles Bird.

Date and location of enlistment: Charlie enlisted on 22 June 1940 in Prince Albert, SK.

Important dates:

  • Charlie was appointed acting Lance Corporal on 19 February 1943.
  • Charlie was awarded CVSM and Clasp on 16 May 1944.

Medals: Charlie was awarded the Defence Medal, the War Medal and the CVSM and Clasp.

Burial location: Charlie is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer War Cemetery in France. He was 33 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

Charlie Bird was only Thirty-Three when he was killed on the battlefield on 6 June 1944 when the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division invaded Normandy during the Second World War. Charlie enlisted in the Canadian Army in June of 1940 and left behind his family including his parents and two sisters.

Charlie gave up so much when he chose to volunteer himself to serve overseas for Canada. He fought bravely for our country and all that he sacrificed must never be forgotten. Charlie and countless others gave up their lives so we may have the opportunity to live ours to the fullest, to do and say as we wish and live as we want.

Written by: Savannah Bell, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Savannah Bell, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Ontario, Canada.

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