September 29, 1893 (Norwalk, CT) – October 15, 1918; 25 years old
Last local address: 81 Woodward Avenue, South Norwalk; and Burbank Street, South Norwalk
Entered the Regular Army June 19, 1915
Serial number 354255
Unit: 29th Infantry, Company A

Born to David Birdsall (1849-1903) and Mary M. Kyle Birdsall (1860-1938). Brothers Vere (1883-1901), Everett (1889-1891), Howard (1902-1966). Sisters Anna Birdsall Jones (1876-1953), Estella (1881-1883), Aggie Birdsall (1886-1891), and Ethel Birdsall LeCates (1891-1923).

Worked as a machine operator for Neptune Hardware Company, East Norwalk prior to service.

Died near Camp Beauregard, Rapides, Louisiana of pneumonia. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.

Name on a plaque in East Haven, Connecticut where his sister lived at the time of his death. She was also PFC Birsdsell’s next of kin.

Private Birsdell is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk; Section 4, Plot 150.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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