1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

George Millar Bird

Contributed by: Anna Davidson, on 2008-11-04

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Rank
First Name George Millar
Surname Bird
Year of Birth 1884
Year of Death 1915
Regiment Royal Scots
Place of Wartime Residence Edinburgh, Midlothian

George Millar's Story

My great Grandad joined the Royal Scots in 1914 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. He lived with my Granny and 5 kids in 2 small rooms in a slum district of Edinburgh. One reason for joining up was that if he was killed, my Granny would get a war pension which would be a regular income. He sent home to my Granny a series of postcards from one of the troop ships (the White Star Line) then from France. Here are extracts:

4/11/14."Dear Beccy-I sail this afternoon for Somewhere."

6/11/14 "Just a note to say I arrived in france."

then on 11/1/15(to my mother)"Dear Ena, ...tell your mother I was asking for her and if you see her crying, tell her you will give her a fat ear...Ha Ha. The picture on the postcard is a little girl saying her prayers for her father at the front. I hope you say yours too. Ta ta dearie. From your loving father."

He was killed at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle on12/3/15.His body was never found and he is commemorated on the memorial at Le Touret. What a waste.

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