Lieutenant Geoffrey Henry Baird


Geoffrey Henry Baird was born on 10 October 1871 in Northwich, Cheshire, a son of Captain Thomas Carpendale Baird and Gertrude Emily Baird (nee Maude).

A tea planter at Kandapola, Ceylon, he served as a trooper in the Boer War with the Ceylon Mounted Rifles.

On 17 February 1917 he joined the Hussars of the Line (understating his age by three years) and was immediately posted to the cavalry cadet school at Netheravon. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 29 June 1917 and was posted to the North Irish Horse at Antrim.

It was not until 22 October 1918 that he was sent to join the regiment in France. Just over a week later he received a shell wound to the left arm near Englefontaine in France. He was shipped home for treatment and fully recovered.

Baird was made Lieutenant on 29 December 1918 and was demobilized the following July.

He died at Kent in 1949.