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Alexander BAIRD

Regimental number5315
Place of birthStrabane, Tyrone, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressDavis Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth White, Drum Parke Road, Bargddars, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Territorial Artillery, Belfast.
Enlistment date22 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1917
Discharge date5 March 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle on HMAT 'Militades', 9 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 September 1916; marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 26 September 1916.

Found guilty at Rollestone, 8 December 1916, of being absent without leave, 8.00 am, 27 November, to 1.30 pm, 7 December 1916: awarded 11 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 22 days' pay. Proceeded to France through Folkestone on SS 'Princess Victoria', 13 December 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916; moved into the field, 16 December 1916; taken on strength of 28th Bn, 18 December 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 February 1917 (diarrhoea); transferred to No 2 Divisional Rest Station, 22 February 1917; to 7th Australian Field Ambulance Divisional Rest Station, 25 February 1917; discharged to duty, 7 March 1917; rejoined unit from hospital, 8 March 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 3 May 1917, and transferred to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (shrapnel wound; foot, buttocks and hand); admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 3 May 1917. Embarked Rouen on HS 'St. David' and proceeded to England, 19 May 1917; admitted to Princess Christian Hospital, Weymouth, 20 May 1917; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 August 1917; discharged on furlough, 19 September 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 3 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Berrima', 31 October 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 22 December 1917. Discharged on account of being wounded, Perth, 5 March 1918 (gun shot wound; left buttock).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAIRD Alexander

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