Regiment: 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Biography: Son of James Birss, police constable, Skene ; born Skene, 13 July 1893 ; educated Gordon's College ; student in Arts, 1912-14. He joined the Territorials in 1911, and was mobilized 5 August 1914, with the 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. Birss went with his Battalion to Bedford, where he remained till May 1915, then proceeded to France, where he was killed in action at Beaumont-Hamel, on the Somme Front, 13 November 1916. His Company officer wrote of him : ''He was an efficient and intelligent soldier, and one likely to rise in rank rapidly, had he been spared''.
Date of Death: 13 November 1916
Burial Details: Name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15 B and 15 C.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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