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Patrick David BAIRD

Regimental number6729
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBusselton, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 6.5"
Weight121 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ellen Forrest Baird, Busselton, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 June 1918
Discharge date4 September 1918
Family/military connectionsSon: 4068 Pte Patrick Thomas BAIRD, 28th Bn, killed in action, 3-6 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle on HMAT 'Argyllshire', 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917, and marched into 4th Training Bn, Codford.

Admitted to hospital, Parkhouse, 22 January 1917 (mumps); discharged to unit, 12 February 1917. Proceeded to France through Folkestone, 3 May 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 May 1917; moved into the field, 7 May 1917, and taken on strength of 16th Bn.

Wounded in action, 16 August 1917; admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 August 1917, and transferred to 13th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound; right hand); to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 August 1917; discharged to duty, 1 September 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 7 September 1917.

Admitted to 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance, 19 October 1917; and transferred to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 20 October 1917; to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 20 October 1917 (gun shot wound; left knee); to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 20 November 1917; transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 28 November 1917; discharged to duty, 16 January 1918; marched into Australian Infantry Base Depot, Havre, 17 January 1918.

Found guilty, 23 January 1918, of being absent without leave, 9.00 pm, 20 January, until apprehended 12.45 pm, 21 January 1918: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 2 days' pay. Proceeded to England, 6 March 1918, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Matatua', 17 June 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 8 August 1918. Discharged on account of being medically unfit for continued service, Perth, 4 September 1918 (premature senility).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 February 1921
Age at death46
Place of burialFremantle Cemetery (Church of England Portion, Row AA, Grave, No. 884), Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAIRD Patrick David

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