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Shoeing Smith John Baird

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Nicol Baird

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/04/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1952

Cause of Death: Heart condition

Service Number: 548

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Geelong

Unit: 3rd Victoria Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE (Shoeing Smith), Date Effective: 01/01/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 249

Contingent: Third Victorian

Ship: Euryalus, Date of Sailing: 10/03/1900

Memorial details: VMR Memorial, Melbourne

Decorations: Queen and King's South Africa Medals with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: He was a Farrier by Trade, and at the time they were short of Blacksmith. He was a BAIRD and Proud to fight for his Country.

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 as part of Vialls' 3rd Bushmen Regt in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including skirmish at Koster River where six killed (22 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt including charge at Wolwekuil (14 February 1901) and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: June 1901 on the Morayshire. Worked as a blacksmith, farrier and salesman

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Henry Baird, Thornleigh NSW

Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Son


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