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Harry BIRD, born 1896, Fernie

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Re: Harry BIRD, born 1896, Fernie

Posted: 1355608719000
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I had them down as possibilities. During my research earlier this year I queried the BC system for all Birds in the area. Nothing matched up with Harry. The problem with Harry Bird is very little is known. He died less than a year after marriage so his wife knew little about him. In fact she thought he was born in Nanaimo, BC. I have made notes, this is one: ///

A review of his military records revealed his date and place of birth of 25 Dec 1896 in Fernie, B.C. His next-of-kin was reported in 1916 as an aunt - Mrs John Rauter of Fernie, British Columbia. Parents were both noted as deceased. Search of John Rauter does show only one John Rauter. There's a marriage entry and a death entry. Death occured on 27 May 1937 in Fernie. Marriage is to Augusta Vogel on 21 Oct 1903 in Michel, B.C. which is about 20 miles from Fernie near Sparwood. It appears that Augusta Vogel is Harry Bird's aunt. What's odd though is Vogel is German for " bird" A coincidence or something else. Did Harry Bird change his name from Vogel to Bird? Military records around the date of his discharge in 1919 note his forwarding address as: Northfield, Vancouver Island. Also mentions a friend, Mr. John Meddley as a point of contact. John Medley does show up in the northern part of Nanaimo, the area known as Northfield in both the 1901 and 1911 census. But what is the connection of their friendship? John Medley is his father's age. Likely a friend of his father. Other clue mentioned: religious faith as Presbyterian. ///

I'm actually not related to Harry Bird, but my daughters are thus my interest. I do appreciate your interest in the issue. Always willing to accept help and ideas.
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