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Hugh Baird

Portrait from Weekly News; 29 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 29 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hugh AWMM
  • Surname
    Baird AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ415181 AWMM
    • WWII 415181 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 May 1922 AWMM DownNorthern Ireland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Worked on his father's farm, Matangi, Waikato, New Zealand Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 20 September 2020 - research.
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr H. Baird (father), Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs H. Baird, Matangi, Hamilton AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Hugh Baird was the son of Hugh and Eliza Jane Baird, of Matangi, Waikato.

      Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL:

      Attended Hamilton Technical College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
    • Emigrated from Northern Ireland to New Zealand with his parents at an early age. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 20 September 2020 - research
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About death

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  • Death
    4 January 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM

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  • Hullo Hugh, I could not leave until I said a very big Thank you in sacrificing yourself so that we all could live a free life. I know you are my dad’s cousin. Three cousins all enlisted on the same day, one airforce yourself, one navy. and my dad the army. My gosh you were all so brave and so very, very young. I pray you have met up with dad and my great aunt and uncle, your mum and dad.
    I hope you are all at peace, away from pain and I hope all is calm. Thank you so much Hugh, your courage will never be forgotten.
    Love will be protecting you and keeping you safe.
    Lest we Forget, Forever remembered with love, Shona
    Public - Shona - Other relative - 25 April 2024
  • Lest we Forget

    Dear Hugh you have not been forgotten and will forever be in the hearts who know. I hope you have found peace and got to be with your cousins again, My dad, Ronald John Taylor, your mum and dad, aunties, uncles and all those who love and care for you in your world,,
    In this world your memory lives on strongly.

    Thank you for all you sacrificed

    All my love
    Public - Shona - Other relative - 25 April 2022
  • To Dear Hugh Baird the son of my Great Aunt, cousin of my father Ronald John Taylor who was the eldest son of James John Taylor, your Uncle, Matangi New Zealand. I have always heard the story where yourself, (Airforce), my Dad (Army) and another cousin (Navy) all from Cambridge-Matangi joined the services to fight for your country. you were all so young, my dad was or was not yet 18, he had to go to North Head for some time first before allowed to go overseas to fight.
    i have always heard when you went missing, presumed killed Great Aunt Eliza-Jane's heart was broken. I have three wondeful sons I can empathise as to how she must have felt.
    I hope you are at Peace and thank you for being so courageous,.
    My task now is to try and bring some unity back to our Taylor family, Jane Baird who married Robert Taylor, your Grand parents from County Down Northern Ireland. I need to find Robert
    Public - Shona - Other relative - 27 April 2019



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM
    • Information on the loss: Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 30 June 2022 -


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2024ShonaWaikato NzOther relative
30 June 2022KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
25 April 2022ShonaNZ AucklandOther relative
20 September 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
27 April 2019ShonaAucklandOther relative

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