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Ian James Bruce Baird

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian James Bruce AWMM
  • Surname
    Baird AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Service number
    444741 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 May 1922 AWMM MastertonWairarapa AWMM
    Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 August 1941 AWMM High School, Fielding, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.H. Cook (mother), 71 Orua Street, Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    444741 AWMM
  • Military service
    • School cadets AWMM
    • 1 Wellington West Coast Territorials AWMM
    • 21 Infantry Battalion 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Admitted to No 1 NZ General Hospital Caserta and No 2 NZ General Hospital Bari. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Army service involved 1 year and 251 days in New Zealand and 2 years 245 days beyond New Zealand.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999. The "Dominion Monarch" was launched on 27 July 1938 and was a Shaw Savill liner displacing 36,000 tonnes, the largest vessel regularly employed on the Britain-New Zealand run. She could accommodate 517 first-class passengers and large volumes of cargo. Four diesel engines gave her a maxium speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 19 knots.

    Commissioned as a troop ship in August 1940, by 1945 she had travelled 560,000 kilometres and carried nearly 90,000 service personnel. She was being refitted at Singapore in 1941 when the Japanese invaded, and escaped capture only through efforts of her engineering staff. She was broken up in Japan in 1962.

    (Taken from Scars in the Heart exhibition, Auckland War Memorial Museum) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    28 December 2015 NZ Herald
    Age 93 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland NZ Herald
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 January 2016. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 8 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
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