Frederic Godfrey Bird

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Captain (retired) Frederic Godfrey Bird, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N. (3 November, 1868 – 29 December, 1919) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of Captain Frederic Vincent Godfrey Bird, R.M.L.I. of Milton Barracks, Gravesend, Bird passed out of Britannia in December 1883 with eight months' time and was sent to spend two and a half years in Opal on the Cape of Good Hope Station.

Bird was awarded the Goodenough Medal for 1889 for being the Sub-Lieutenant who achieved the highest gunnery examination for the year while also achieving a first-class certificate in seamanship.

Bird was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 May, 1898.

Bird was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1903.

Bird was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1911.

When the war started, he was assigned to transport duties at Newhaven before being made Assistant King's Harbour Master at Dover on 7 March, 1915. On 21 July 1915 he was appointed for duty with net drifters out of Dover. He spent four years at it July, 1919 when he reverted to the Retired List and was granted permission to proceed abroad. He applied for rank of Rear-Admiral in August, but was refused, as he was ineligible.

Bird died at year end at Hethel Hall, Norwich. His funeral was on 3 January and he was buried in Chatham. No cause of death is reported in The Times.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Harold Christian
Captain of H.M.S. Perseus
15 Mar, 1908[1] – 26 Feb, 1910
Succeeded by
Charles P. Beaty-Pownall
Preceded by
Ernest H. Grafton
Captain of H.M.S. Vengeance
30 Aug, 1910[2] – 30 Jun, 1911
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Assistant King's Harbour Master, Dover
7 Mar, 1915 – 21 Jul, 1915
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 356.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 390.