Regiment : H.M.S. Birmingham Royal Navy
Service number : PJX415099
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 28th November 1943 aged 18
Buried : Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, Grave 5. H. 6.
Relatives : Son of George and Ellen Bird, of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
HMS Birmingham was a Light Cruiser. In April 1943 the ship returned to the U.K. for a refit. With this completed, in October 1943, she returned to the Mediterranean theatre of operations. At 11.17 hours on 28th November HMS Birmingham was torpedoed by the German submarine U-407 off the coast of Cyrenaica. Suffering severe damage and with a number of crew members killed during the attack, she succeeded in returning to Alexandria where temporary repairs were carried out on her. In June 1944, Birmingham sailed from Alexandria bound for the U.S.A. where permanent repairs were carried out. In November 1944, the repairs were completed and she returned to home waters to join the 10th Cruiser Squadron at Scapa Flow.