Baird, Alexander Watson

Captain Alexander Watson Baird, MC was born 2 March 1892 in Toronto, son of barrister James Baird, K.C. and Haldane R. Baird.

He enrolled at Upper Canada College in September 1902, from Church St. Public School and left in June 1910.

Baird attended the University of Toronto in 1910-1911,  and became a clerk at Kent-McCIain Ltd., Toronto.

The War Book of Upper Canada College indicates he served as a private with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada however is CEF Officer’s paper only shows previous service with the 40th (Northumberland) Regiment.

  • He enlisted in 1916 with the 80th Battalion CEF.,
  • As a Lieutenant, he transferred to the 126th  Peel Battalion
  • Went overseas in August,1916
  • Transferred to the 116th Battalion
  • Served in France from 1917-1918 at VimyRidge and certain other battles
  • Promoted Captain
  • Awarded the Military Cross in May 1918
  • Awarded a Bar to the Military Cross in June 1918

Baird was killed in action at Amiens on 8 August 1918. He is buried at Hourges Orchard Cemetery, Domart-sur-la-Luce, Somme, France, Grave Reference: A. 43A.

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