Arthur Lea Birch here pictured wearing the uniform of a Gentleman cadet of the Royal Military College was born on  8 March,
1859 the youngest son of Edward Birch the Vicar and first Archdeacon of  Blackburn and Elizabeth Maria in Manchester, England.
50th Regiment of Foot on 1 May, 1878.

Lieutenant - 20 March, 1880
Captain - 2 December, 1884

Captain Birch was with his Regiment (the 50th being re-designated the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent
Regiment) in 1881) when it took to the field during the Gordon Relief Expedition of 1884-85. While the 1st Battalion did not take
part in any of the major actions during the Nile Expedition until December 1885 (Ginnis), Captain Arthur Lea Birch would fall victim
of disease and die at Tani after a short illness on 1st May, 1885.

A memorial plaque was erected in Arthur Lea Birch's memory at Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire.


Carte de Visite
Hills & Saunders - Photographer
York Town, Yorkshire, England
c. 1878