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Frederick John BAIRD

Regimental number6034
Place of birthBrunswick, New South Wales
OccupationSchool teacher
Address32 Eglington Street, Glebe Point, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Rankin Baird, Eglington Street, Glebe Point, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 June 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateDied whilst a Prisoner of War 15 October 1918
Date of death15 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialCologne Southern Cemetery (Plot XIV, Row C, Grave No. 11), Germany.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Mair and Katherine Rankin BAIRD, 'Lanfine', Irrara Street, Croydon, New South Wales. Native of Clarence River, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 25 October 1916; disembarked, Devonport, England, 28 December 1916; marched into 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 29 December 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private the same day.

Promoted Extra Duty Pay Corporal, 30 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France. 15 February 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 16 February 1917, and reverts to the rank of Private on marching in.

Promoted Acting Corporal, 17 February 1917.

Found guilty, 5 March 1917, of being out of bounds, 1 March 1917: award, reduced to the ranks.

Taken on strength of 17th Bn, in the field, 19 March 1917.

Posted as missing in action, 15 April 1917.

Now, 19 May 1917, posted as 'Wounded in Action (shrapnel wound, head) and Prisoner of War, 11 April 1917'; interned at Hamelu.

Died, Dusseldorf Hospital, 15 October 1918 (influenza).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAIRD Frederick John

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