Joseph Baird

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Bootle, Lancashire
Service No.: 67668
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC)
Battalion: 39th General Hospital
Died: 25th October 1918 aged 32 years
Death location: Le Havre, France

 

Life before the War
Joseph was the eldest of 3 siblings born to Joseph and Agnes, nee McInnes.  Joseph senior was a Marine Engineer and was born in 1861, Agnes in Stirling in 1862; they married in West Derby, Merseyside in 1885.

Josephs younger sister and brother were:

Agnes McInnes   b.1888 Bootle and d.1957 Southampton.
Married Edwin P Hogg in Southampton in 1911.

John Nishart   b.1890 Bootle.

Joseph married Ethel Miranda Bartlett in Southampton on 10th September 1908.  Ethel was born on 15th April 1885 in Portsmouth and she gave birth to to their daughter Doris on 13 September 1910.

At the 1911 census the family was living in Rampart Road, Bitterne.

 

War Service
The 39th General Hospital was known to have been based in Le Havre from June 1918.  Le Havre was an important base for various hospitals with its good rail system for the transportation of wounded from the front.  Joseph is known to have succumbed to pneumonia whilst working at the hospital.

His wife and daughter then lived together after his death at 1 Glen Eyre Close, Bassett.  They both spent a lot of the time on the seas, there is evidence of trips to New York, to Madeira and even Australia.

Joseph is buried at Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre (Div. 62 V. N. 11).  This cemetery contains the graves of 1690 Commonwealth servicement from WWI.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 20th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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