|Place of birth||Portland Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, C D Laird, Benalla, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||7th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/24/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||7th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Distinguished Conduct Medal
'Work on 9 August 1918 between Lihons and Vauvillers.'
Altered to Military Medal.
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'On 9th August 1918 during attack on enemy positions between VAUVILLERS and LIHON, Sergeant LAIRD behaved with great gallantry. The advance was most difficult and dangerous owing to the heavy and sustained fire of the enemy. Sergeant LAIRD regardless of personal danger pressed on in advance of the troops and by his personal example and coolness led the attacking troops with dash and decision against the enemy posts and reached the objective of the Battalion. His work materially assisted a successful advance and his example was of the greatest value to those he was leading.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
|Family/military connections||Brother: 5367 Lance Corporal Charles Roy LAIRD, 20th Bn, killed in action, 20 September 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western FrontMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal