Lionel Edgar Bird was born at Lubeck, VIC, on the 25th of February 1899, to Samuel Charles Bird and Catherine Simpson. He had a brother, Charles, who is also remembered in the Avenue.
He was a farmer at Bacchus Marsh, VIC, when he enlisted in the AIF at Melbourne, on the 8th of February 1916, at the age of almost 26. Embarking from Melbourne in July aboard the HMAT A31 Ajana with the 57th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements, he disembarked at Devonport, England, at the end of August. In December he joined the 59th Battalion in France.
In January 1917 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and by June was a Corporal. In July he was detached for duty with the Assistant Provost Marshal, 5th Division. In October he was further promoted to Sergeant and a month later transferred from the 59th Battalion to the 5th Division, Traffic Control Detachment(4). He was recommended for the Meritorious Service Medal in October 1918 and then for the Military Medal in October for the same action.
On the morning of the 8th August 1918, this NCO, by his splendid example under heavy shell fire, kept the traffic control posts entrusted to his charge from Warfusee - Abancourt to Bayenvillers, east of Villers-Bretonneux well in order. At great personal risk he kept the roads clear and refused to leave until the rush on the roads had quietened.Source: Recommendation for Military Medal.
He spent some time in hospital with Influenza in early 1919 and embarked for Australia in July, arriving home at the start of September. Two weeks later he was awarded the Military Medal and was discharged from the AIF on the 17th of October 1919.
In May 1942 Lionel enlisted at Bacchus Marsh, VIC, in the Volunteer Defence Corps as a Private and was discharged in April 1944.
Lionel Edgar Bird MM died at Caufield, VIC, in 1975, aged 86.
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh.
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