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Birkby, H A

Bethune Town Cemetery

Bethune Town Cemetery

Commemorated on Old Victorian's Memorial, Jersey
Commemorated on St Saviour's Parish Memorial, Jersey
Commemorated on St Luke's Church Memorial, Jersey

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 24 April 1916 Victoria College Roll of Honour.

News has been received of the death at the Front of Lieutenant H A Birkby of the 5th Royal Berkshire Regiment who was the younger son of ex-Sergeant Major J S Birkby of the East Battalion, (Royal Jersey Militia). Young Birkby, who was an old Victorian, was in America when war broke out and joined the Royal Berkshires in June 1915. Being an excellent rifle shot he soon came to the notice of the authorities at Bovington Camp in Dorset, and was appointed Sniping Officer and Instructor. In the course of these duties he gave great satisfaction and was complimented by Lord French when the latter inspected the Southern Command recently. With the reputation he had gained at home he was promptly appointed Sniping Officer on joining the 5th Battalion at the Front a fortnight ago. By his untimely death the Berkshires lose a most promising officer. The elder brother of the deceased, Lieutenant J S de H Birkby, is Acting Adjutant of 3rd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl of Liverpool's Own)





Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Henry Alexander Birkby
Picture courtesy of Victoria College, Jersey

Second Lieutenant Henry Alexander Birkby
Royal Berkshire Regiment. 9th Battalion - Attached 5th Battalion

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart Birkby, of 22, Bridge Avenue Mansions, Hammersmith, London.

Educated at Victoria College

Died of wounds, aged 26 years

Henry Alexander Birkby