Service no. J/24752
Able Seaman, Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Princess Royal.”
Died at around age 22 on 18 July 1918
Son of William Bird, of 21, Irving Grove, Stockwell, London.
Also remembered at Lambeth Cemetery, Screen Wall and St Andrew’s Church, Landor Road, London SW9
Information from the 1901 and 1911 censuses
In 1911 William Bird lived with his family in 6 rooms at 21 Irving Grove, off Stockwell Road, SW9 (they are also at this address in the 1901 census). His father, also called William, was 40 and worked as a butcher’s carman. His mother, Mary Ann Bird, 40, was born in Pimlico. Nine of their 11 children survived.
The children on the census were
Arthur Francis Bird, 19, a bioscope operator
Rose Bird, 17, “at home”
William Bird, 15, an errand boy, killed in 1918
Lily Bird, 13
Edith Bird, 9
Albert Bird, 8
Annie Bird, 6
Harry Bird, 4
Marrie Bird, 2
All but Mary Ann Bird were born in Stockwell.
Alfred Gibson, 76, a retired coachman born in Islington, was visiting. He was boarding with the family in the 1901 census as was Alfred Save, 23, a single baker from Clapham.