Birdseye, Douglas Martin


War Service:
Lieutenant DOUGLAS MARTIN BIRDSEYE of 8th battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment died of wounds on 10 February 1917. He enlisted in the 20th (Blackheath and Woolwich) battalion of the London Regiment in July 1914 and was commissioned into the Training Reserve battalion of the South Staffordshires in July 1915. He joined the 8/South Staffordshires in France on 5 January 1917 where he was the battalion bombing officer.
He was wounded on 8 February while moving up to the front line trenches.

He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Combles.

Location of Memorial:
His name is remembered on the war memorial at St Dunstan’s College and in the pages of the History of The Old Dunstonian Rugby Football Club.

He was born in Anerley on 14 May 1897 the son of Martin and Rosina Birdseye of 7 Anerley Park Road. He was educated in Beckenham and the attended St Dunstan’s College in Catford from 1907 – 1912.

St Dunstan's College Roll of Honour 1914-1919 : D W Collett, BA (1988)

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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