Regimental number40862
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Baird, 5 Ocean View, Mornington, Dunedin
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in Dunedin City Rifles; not serving in any military unit at time of NZEF enlistment.
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, 23rd Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board HMNZT Ruapehu on 14 March 1917
Final rankPrivate
Final unit1st Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsTyne Cot Memorial (New Zealand Apse, Panel 3), Zonnebeke, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Wife: Mrs J. Baird, 72 Newton Road, Auckland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Marched into Sling Camp, 21 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 June 1917; joined 1st Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, in the field, 9 July 1917, and posted to 10th Company.

Admitted to Field Ambulance (no details recorded); rejoined Bn, 11 August 1917, and posted to 8th Company.

Reported wounded in action, 12 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 17 November 1917, concluded: 'No evidence available. Taking into consideration the circumstances of the attack of 12th Oct 1917 it is reasonable to suppose the ab/nd [above-named] was killed in action in the attack on Belle Vue Spur 12th Oct 1917.'

No Form B103 on file.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsParents: James and Elizabeth BAIRD (both b. Scotland)
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 3: Roll 57, p. 13
Archives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 22272010