Thomas Archibald Baird

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Captain Thomas Archibald "Archie" Baird
Life dates
22 Aug 1904 - 06 Mar 1986
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Thomas Archie Baird (from Jean West and Clive Bassett)
Biography

Born in Putney, London, to Thomas and Lucy Baird, he married Kathleen "Kaye" Vera Chappell in 1926. They stayed together their entire married lives and celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary.

Postings
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Somerset Group 6 - Bridgwater Group Commander 23 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Somerset Group 5 - Taunton Group Commander 23 Sep 1940 Unknown
Somerset Group 5 - Taunton Area Commander 23 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Somerset Group 7 - Dunster Area Commander 23 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Somerset Group 6 - Bridgwater Area Commander 23 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
National ID
WPHT 103/1
Occupation

Works manager cider factory

Address
(Home) Ashfield House, North Petherton, Somerset. Telephone North Petherton 249. (Work) Quantock Vale Cider Company, North Petherton, Somerset. Tel North Petherton 234
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In 1939 he is a St John Ambulance ARP First Aider. He is promoted to Lieutenant 24th February 1943 then to Captain 17th August 1944. In Sept 1944 he was entitled to wear 4 service chevrons. In Nov 1944 Intelligence Officer Major Harston wrote to Baird encouraging him to set up a Association for Auxiliers to stay in touch in his area. Captain Baird kept a notebook of Auxilier's efficiency training results. This is held at Somerset Heritage Centre along with lists of stores needing to be returned at stand down.

Thomas worked for Taunton Cider Company Ltd and Quantock Cider Ltd. He was a frequent judge of cider at regional agricultural shows.

Captain Victor Gough lodged with Mr and Mrs Baird before the war and he named Mrs Baird as his next of kin.

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Baird release form for Dunkirk (SHC ref DD\SLI13/15)
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Baird navy form for Dunkirk (SHC ref DD\SLI13/15)
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IO Captain Martin stand down letter to Baird
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Baird training (from SHC ref DD\SLI/12/2/26)
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Harston stand down and assoc letter (from SHC DD\SLI/12/2/26)
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Baird notebook inner cover (SHC ref DD\SLI/13/15)
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Baird notebook results of training (SHC ref DD\SLI/13/15)
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Ashfield House
References

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

SHC ref DD\SLI13/15 & DD\SLI/12/2/26

Jean West and Clive Bassett