Saturday, February 12, 2011

Stanley Harold Bird

I post previously about my Great Nana, now I would like to introduce you to her husband, my Great Grandfather; Stanley Harold Bird.

I believe this to be a picture of Stanley Bird, taken in England.  I would guess him to be about 4 years old.

Stanley Bird. 
I am not sure of the dogs name.

Date of birth:  November 4 1893
Location: Ipswich, England

Date of death: May 22 1973
Location: Branson Hospital
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery (no headstone)

On May 23 1973 an obituary for Stanley Bird appeared in The Toronto Star and read as follows:

Bird, Stanley Harold – Passed away at the Branson Hospital on Wednesday May 22, 1973.  Stanley H. Bird of 227 Ellerslie Ave.husband of the late Florence Bird.  Dear father of Mrs J F Wilson (Audrey), Mrs J Greaves (Bernice) and Mrs S Tucker (Marion).  Brother of Jack of Nova Scotia and Dudley.  Also survived by 5 grandchildren.  Resting at the Murray Newbigging (hard to read) Funeral Home 739 Mount Pleasant Rd. ( at Eglinton)  Service in the chapel Friday .  Internment Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Stanley's Mother: Jane Wright
Stanley's Father: John Bird
Stanley's Siblings: May Bird born abt 1885
                            Barbara Bird born abt 1886
                            William J Bird born abt 1889
                            Dudley T Bird born abt 1897

Stanley's parents
John and Jane Bird

Birth: November 14 1893 Westerfield, Suffolk, England
Residence:  1901 Census - Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Residence: 1911 Census - York South, Toronto, Ontario (immigration year - 1906)
Marriage: 1921
Death: May 22 1973

According to Stanley's recruitment papers he signed up for duty on May 18th 1918

Stanley's recruitment papers from WW1

W. Armstong, R. Towers, S. Bird, H. Ross

Married to Dorothy Florence Hazel Milliken on Aug. 3 1921 at St. Clements Anglican Church Toronto, Ontario.

A copy of the marriage certificate.

Dorothy and Stanley in their Going away outfits after their wedding.
Dorothy and Stanley Bird

227 Ellerslie Ave Willowdale, Ontario
The house that Stanley and Dorothy lived in after their marriage

In creating this post I have come to realize that I don't know much about Stanley's personality and the way he lived his life.  I am going to have to sit down with my Mom and Uncle and pick their brains for info.  I do know that at the time of joining the military he was working as a grocer clerk and eventually owned a grocery store with his brother Dudley.  It is my understanding that he did not have work during the depression and that they took in borders to help make ends meet.  After the depression Stanley worked at Beechams which made brill cream.

Well that is it in a nutshell.

Documents I have:
marriage certificate
census records for 1911 and 1901
military recruitment papers
Obit and Marriage write up in the Toronto paper

send away for military records
chat with Mom and Uncle.

1 comment:

Ramona said...

My Mom lived in that house with her family (Fitzpatrick)in the 20's.