George Terence (Chicka) BAINES


BAINES, George Terence

Service Number: 214230
Enlisted: 7 August 1961
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 1st Special Air Service Squadron
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 25 July 1939
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Accidental, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 13 February 1968, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Woronora Memorial Park, Sutherland, New South Wales
Woronora Crematorium Roman Catholic 12 56, Woronora Crematorium, Sutherland, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Honour Wall
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Vietnam War Service

7 Aug 1961: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), SN 214230, Army Training Units
1 Dec 1961: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Lance Corporal, SN 214230, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)
12 Aug 1963: Transferred Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, Special Air Service Regiment (SAS)
2 Mar 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Trooper, SN 214230, 1st Special Air Service Squadron
2 Mar 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Sergeant, SN 214230

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George (Chicka) Baines was born in New South Wales on 25 July 1939. He enlisted in the Army on 7 August 1961 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry. He was posted to 1 SAS Company Royal Australian Regiment on 12 August 1963 and underwent Recondo training in 1964. Chicka came from 1st Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment with the rank of Lance Corporal but reverted to the rank of Private on posting to 1 SAS Company. Chicka died on 13 February 1968 from injuries sustained when a M26 hand grenade prematurely exploded at Nui Dat in South Vietnam. Chicka’s next-of-kin at the time of his death was his wife. He was the father of two sons.