Isaac was born in Wolverhampton in 1881, the son of Isaac and Martha Bird. He served in the Boer War for three years. He married Sarah Hodgkiss in 1906, and the couple went on to have four children – Violet, Isaac, and two others, the details of whom I have not been able to confirm. In 1911, they were living at 30 Little Chapel Street, Monmore Green. Isaac became a bolt forger at a nut and bolt works.
When war broke out he reenlisted in the 2nd Battalion (on some records the 3rd Battalion) of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 14442). He first served in France on 11 January 1915. At Neuve Chapelle, he was wounded in the back, and died from his injuries at Boulogne Hospital on 19 March 1915. He is remembered in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Notice of his death was printed in the Express & Star on 3 April 1915.