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.
|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|
Works manager cider factory
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.
TNA ref WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
SHC ref DD\SLI13/15 & DD\SLI/12/2/26
Jean West and Clive Bassett