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James Alexander Steenson Baird

  • Service number
    29720 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Jim AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Otago Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 4th (Otago) Company AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Alexander Steenson AWMM
  • Surname
    Baird AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jim AWMM
  • Service number
    29720 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Congregational AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    12 December 1893 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Machinist AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 30 Jun 1916 39 Wallis Street, Carisbrook, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Edwin Stakey (cousin), 26 David Street, Caversham, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 Oct 1916 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Messines AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    29720 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials, No 2 Company, Engineers AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 30 June 1916 AWMM
    Trentham, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 22 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 16 Oct 1916-28 December 1916 AWMM to Devonport, Devon, England AWMM HMNZT 66 AWMM
    Vessel was Willochra AWMM
    Private AWMM
    18th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company AWMM
    New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      168 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Otago Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 4th (Otago) Company AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of the James and Lucinda Charlotte Baird

      All Black in 1913

      Attested June 1916, embarked for England October 1916

      Marched into Sling November 1916

      Embarked for France February 1917, attached to strength Etaples

      Joined Battalion and posted to 4th Company in the field 1 March 1917

      Mortally wounded in action later that week on 7 March 1917 AWMM
    • he was mortally wounded on 7 June in the Battle of Messines in Belgium and died later that day in Bailleul (France) in the 1st Australian CCS. Public - freddy - Researcher - 7 June 2015 - military personnal file and other research
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About death

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  • Age at death
    23 AWMM
  • Date of death
    7 June 1917 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    France AWMM
  • Death notes
    1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, in the field, France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM
  • Grave reference
    III. B. 265. AWMM
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