Baird, E W D (1864–1956) Brigadier-General
GOC Infantry Brigade CBE
Eton College Suffolk Hussars

suffolk hussarsEdward William David Baird was commissioned in the 5th Dragoon Guards on 7 February 1885 but transferred to the 10th Hussars five weeks later.

He served with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa (1900), retiring on 20 December 1906 after five years in command of the Suffolk Hussars. Colonel Baird was an accomplished horseman, winning the St Leger on Woolwinder in 1907.

He was recalled in October 1914 and given command of 179th Brigade, 60th (2nd/2nd London) Division TF. He was not promoted brigadier-general until May 1916, shortly before the brigade deployed to France.

On 1 November 1916 60th Division was warned for a transfer to Macedonia. Baird was replaced eight days later. He was 52.

179th Brigade took part in no significant military activity under Baird's command.

He commanded the Welsh Reserve Brigade TF at home from January 1917 until May 1918, when he retired for the final time.

Dr John Bourne

Image courtesy Surplus and Outdoors


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