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BirdsallHarry1219 and 205Trooper2nd Brabant's Horse
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Brabant's Horse
BirdsallHarrySource: Attestation paper in WO126Brabant's Horse
BirdsallJ1219TrooperSeverely wounded. Wepener, 17 April 1900
2nd Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Brabant's Horse
BirdsallW2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
East Yorkshire Regiment
BirdseyE ASource: WO100/280Alexandria DMT
BirdseyR WTrooperServed 23 Jan 00 to 05 Jun 00. Discharged, medically unfit
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Nesbitt's Horse
BirdshallW2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
East Yorkshire Regiment
BirdsworthT58Private5th Battalion
Source: QSA roll
Lancashire Fusiliers
BirdwoodC W B2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(King's Own) Yorkshire Light Infantry
BirdwoodW RColonelHe was born 13 September 1865, eldest surviving son of H M Birdwood, CSI, JP, LLD, MA (Cantab), ICS, and of Edith, eldest daughter of Surgeon Major Elijah Impey, Bombay Horse Artillery.  He was educated at Clifton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and became Lieutenant, 4th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, in March 1883; was transferred to the 12th Lancers 9 May 1885, and to the 11th Bengal Lancers 20 December 1886.  He served in Hazara in 1891 (Medal with clasp); in Isazai Campaign, 1892; was Adjutant, Viceroy's Bodyguard, 1893.  He became Captain 9 May 1896.  Served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1897-98; took part in the operations on the Samana (Medal with two clasps); served at Tirah, 1897-98, as Orderly Officer, 2nd Division (13 October to 17 December 1897); afterwards on the Staff; was present in the actions of Chagru Kotal and Dargai, and capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes; in the reconnaissance of the Saran Sar and action of 9 November 1897; during the operations in the Waran Valley and action of 16 November 1897 also at and around Dwatoi and action of 24 November 1897; and in the Bara Valley 7 to 14 December 1897 (Despatches [London Gazette, 7 June 1898]; clasp).  He served in the South African War, 1899-1902; special service, South Africa, 8 November 1899 to 9 January 1900; Brigade Major, South Africa, 10 January to 14 October 1900; DAAG, South Africa, 15 October 1900 to 4 June 1902; Military Secretary to the GOC-in-C, Forces in South Africa (General Lord Kitchener), 5 June to 12 July 1902; specially employed, Headquarters of Army, 13 July to 28 October 1902.  He took part in the operations in Natal, 1899; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; in the operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; during operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February 1900) and action at Pieter's Hill; served during operations in Natal (March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June); took part in the operations in the Transvaal, June 1900; also in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 2? November 1900 (severely wounded—horse killed), including actions at Belfast (26 and 27 August) and Lydenberg (5 to 8 September; in Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, November 1900; again in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902 (Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February 1901 (Sir R H Buller, 30 March 19 June and 9 November 1900), and London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; Brevets of Major, 29 November 1903, and Lieutenant Colonel, 26 June 1902; (Queen's Medal with six clasps, and King's Medal with two clasps).  From 25 November 1902 to 31 August 1904, he was Assistant Military Secretary and Persian Interpreter to the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies; was promoted Major 9 May 1903, and Lieutenant Colonel 1 September 1904; was AAG, HQ, India, 1 September 1904 to 21 December 1905; became Colonel 26 June 1905; Military Secretary to Commander-in-Chief, East Indies, 22 December 1905 to 27 June 1909; ADC to the King 14 February 1906.  He was Chief Staff Officer, Mohmand Field Force, 10 May to 3 June 1908, and took part in the operations in the Mohmand Country.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 14 August 1908]; received the Medal and clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 14 August 1908]: "William Riddell Birdwood, Colonel, CIE, ADC, Indian Army.  In recognition of ...  services in connection with the recent operations against the Zakka Khel and Mohmands … to bear date 16 July 1908)".  He was created a CIE in 1908, and a CSI in 1910.  He became Brigadier General; was Brigade Commander (Colonel on Staff), India, 28 June 1900 to 31 May 1911; "Brigade Commander, India, 1 June 1911 to 3 May 1012.  He was created a CB in 1911, and promoted Major General 3 October 1911; was QMG, India, 4 May to 16 November 1912; Secretary to the Government of India in the Army Department and Member of the Governor-General's Legislative Council 4 May 1912 to 11 December 1914.  He was created a KCMG in 1914.  Major General Sir W E Birdwood served in the-European War from 1914.  He was Temporary Lieutenant General 12 December 1914 to 27 October 1915, and was in command of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 12 February 1914 to 18 November 1915, being in command of the detached landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on Gallipoli above Gaba Tepe.  He was made in 1915 a KCSI, and on 18 September 1915 was appointed by the Commonwealth Government GOC of the Australian Imperial Force.  He was GOC-in-Chief, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 17 to 26 October 1915; was promoted Lieutenant General 28 October 1915; was Commander of the Dardanelles Army, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 19 November 1915 to January 1916; Army Corps Commander, Australian Army Corps, British Armies in France, from 1916 to 30 May 1918.  He became General 23 October 1917, and was appointed ADC General to the King 3 November 1917.  He became Commander of the 5th Army, British Armies in France, 31 May 1918.  He was wounded in the Great War, and for his services was mentioned in Despatches; was created a KCB in 1917 and a GCMG and a Baronet in 1919.  He became Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, and received the French Croix de Guerre; was made Grand Officer of the Crown of Belgium, and received the Belgian Croix de Guerre.  General Sir William Birdwood married, in 1894, Jeannette Hope Gonville, eldest daughter of Colonel Sir B P Bromhead, CB, 4th Baronet, of Thurlby Hall, Lincoln, and Annie (died, 1902), daughter of the Reverend J Smith, and they had one son, Christopher Bromhead, and two daughters: Constance and Judith.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Indian Army
BirdwoodW RCaptainWounded. Machadodorp, 28 August 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Indian Staff Corps
BirghallJ2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Manchester Regiment
BirkB J JPrivateQSA (0)
Source: WO100/283
Ladismith TG
BirkBarend Johannes Jacobus28Occupation: Carpenter. Next of kin: Magdelene Birk. Address: Ladismith Cape .
Source: Attestation paper in WO126
Town Guard and District Mounted Troops
BirkJTrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127SAMIF
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