Thomas Baird MMwBar



May 1, 1893

Born at County Ayrshire, Scotland


Feb 22, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario 

Ø      Number 636689

Ø      Next of kin given as John Baird (father) of 72 Welbeck St., Kilmarnock, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Jul 22, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Sep 20, 1916

Particulars of Family form notes his mother’s name as Margaret Wright of Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland


Sep 28, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Bramshott Camp


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to 154th Battalion at Bramshott


Jan 5, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request in order to proceed to France 

Transferred to 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


Feb 14, 1917

Left CBD to join 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 19, 1917

Arrived at 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Left to join unit


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the Elbe Trench near Vimy Ridge


Jun 23, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl without pay


Nov 14, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Dec 9, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 24, 1917

At duty from leave


Jan 1, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Mar 18, 1918

Announced in the Battalion’s War Diary the award of the Military Medal as per London Gazette #30652


Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  In connection with a raid on the enemy trenches.  the first of the raiding party encountered heavy wire.  This NCO under fire from cylindrical sticks and bombs and with great courage, cut the wire with hand wire cutters and allowed the party to pass.  He continued cutting gaps and by his action made it possible for our wounded to be evacuated.  He then joined the attacking party and assisted in bombing the cellars.

AFW 3121  4-3-18


Jul 16, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt


Aug 27, 1918

Wounded by machine gun bullet to knee and leg and admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Sep 1, 1918

Invalided to England aboard a Hospital Ship 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to Auxiliary Military Hospital at Weston Favell, Northampton England


Sep 4, 1918

Announced in the Battalion’s War Diary the award of a  Bar to the Military Medal as per London Gazette #31142


This was for acts of bravery during the attack at Marcelcave on Aug 8, 1918


Oct 8, 1918

Transferred to Kettering General Hospital


Nov 26, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Apr 8, 1919

Transferred to No 5 Canadian Hospital at Liverpool


May 5, 1919

Embarked the Hospital Ship Essequibo at Liverpool and Invalided to Canada


May 17, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine, USA, and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 18, 1919

Posted to the Hospital Section at Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston


May 19, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until June 2, 1919


Jul 15, 1919

Transferred to the Casualty Company, Military District #3 at Kingston


Jul 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF 

Ø      Reason for discharge – Medically Unfit for General Service

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 213705

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Hybla Ontario

Ø      Rank shown on Discharge Certificate - Cpl


Nov 21, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Hybla (Hastings County) Ontario

Rank shown on Medals Card - L/Sgt 


Jun 26, 1934

Deceased in Rochester New York, USA and buried in the Grove Place Cemetery, Monroe County, New York, USA


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