Robert Simpson BAIRD

BAIRD, Robert Simpson

Service Number: 7196
Enlisted: 18 July 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Blowhard, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Lismore, Corangamite, Victoria
Schooling: Blowhard State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 24 March 1918
Cemetery: Westhof Farm Cemetery
Plot II, Row D, Grave 1 Headstone Inscription "FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING LEAVE WE NOW OUR LOVED ONE SLEEPING"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blowhard & District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

18 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7196, 14th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
19 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, 7196, 14th Infantry Battalion
19 Feb 1917: Embarked Private, 7196, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
26 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 7196, 14th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, SW to head. Evacuated to hospital (France). Rejoined unit 23 October 1917.
24 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 7196, 14th Infantry Battalion

Dear Robert Darling...

Dear Robert Darling, hope you rest easy in your grave.

Me and Robert had a truly special relationship, we used to have wonderful picnics, and he would put jam in my face and kiss me hard on the lips, and we would run down to the beach, and he would pretend to be mermaids with me, memories like that show what a truly wonderful person Robert was, he created such joy in everyone's lives, and he was one of the braves, people, I know.

I am old now, and have created many more memories over the years, but Roberts memories is the ones I cherish the most, and they play on repeat all day long!
I will forever miss and love you Robert.

Love, your wife.

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of James and Norah BAIRD, of Lismore, Victoria, Australia. Native of Blowhard, Victoria.

Biography contributed by Robert Wight

According to the unit diary, the 14th Battalion was billeted in Neuve Eglise when the Germans shelled the village on 24 March 1918.

Pte 7196 Robert Simpson Baird was the only fatality (one other soldier was wounded).