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Nelson George Baird

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Nelson George Baird

March 7, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

R/191011

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

408 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of James Humphrey and Sarah Amelia (née Russell) Baird, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Nelson was engaged to Peggy Gallimor (née Warren). Brother of Flight Sergeant Gordon Baird, deceased 16 July 1942, Charlie, and Cecil Baird of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Warrant Officer Baird was born on 14 December 1923 at Shoal Lake, Manitoba where his family has mounted a plaque to commemorate he and his brother Gordon. Mrs Sarah Baird, his mother, unveiled the plaque which was mounted at the Knox United Church in Winnipeg on which Nelson and his brother Gordon are commemorated. Nelson, the youngest of the Baird brothers, was burned very badly at the age of 4, receiving 3rd degree burns to 50% of his body. He was hospitalized for 14 months and as a teenager couldn't raise his arm above his shoulder. He tried to enlist in the Army but was turned down. He was later accepted into the Royal Canadian Air Force. Nelson was the runner up YoYo Champion of Manitoba at the age of 17. Warrant Officer Baird was honoured by the Province of Manitoba on February 28, 1995 when Baird Island in Northern Manitoba was named for him.

Commemorated on Page 493 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Joint grave 1. B. 13-14.

Location:

Kiel lies 83 kilometres north of Hamburg. From Hamburg visitors should travel north on the Autoroute 7, following signs for Kiel. Leave the A7 at the junction with the A215, still following signs for Kiel. The A215 ends on the outskirts of Kiel. Turn left at the end of the A215 onto the Westring following signs for Olympiazentrum and Flensburg. After 4 kilometres, the Nord Freedhof town cemetery will be seen on the left hand side of the road. The Commission plot is located 100 metres from the main cemetery entrance. Visitors should note that this cemetery is restricted to normal cemetery opening hours.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Warrant Officer Nelson George Baird is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Warrant Officer Nelson George Baird is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of NELSON GEORGE BAIRD– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of NELSON GEORGE BAIRD– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of the Baird Family– Back row (left to right): Charlie, Cecil, Gordon.   Front row: Sarah (mother), Jim (father), Nelson.
  • Photo of Nelson Baird
  • Document– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Biography– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Commemorative Name Certificate
  • Grave Marker
  • Monument

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