|1. Document:||New Zealand WW1 Masonic List||N.Z.|
Awards & Titles:
Early Life :Born Waitapu Golden Bay Nelson, New Zealand to William and Catherine Alice Baird of Motupipi, Nelson. Husband to Margery Frances Baird nee Slingsby (d.1937, aged 45) Two children: Joyce & Kenneth.
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: Wellington Regiment N.Z.E.F.|
Mike: BEAN Wellington Battalion, 253, 641n, in Second Battle of Krithia, 15-9, 36-7, casualties, 40; at Quinn?s, 247, 252; in attack on Chunuk Bair: its role, 577-8, 666, attacks, 636-7, 666-8, defends captured position, 671-8, stren th after fight, 679, mounted d e s relieve,679.
|Action : War Survivor|
Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.
10/2845 Roy Fellowes Baird, 7th (Reinforcements) Wellington Infantry Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Enlisted for service 15th March, 1915.
A Who's Who of New Zealand published in 1938 provides a summary of Roy's career: BAIRD, Roy Fellows. District Land Registrar, Born, Waitapu, Golden Bay, 13th Oct., 1889. Son of the late William Baird, Of Takaka, County Clerk; and of Catherine Alice Baird, of Takaka, now of Christchurch Educated: Lower Takaka School, Nelson Boys' College; Cantebury University. Grandson of the late James Baird, ex "London," 12.12.1840. Restored Hawke's Bay Land Registry which has been totally destroyed in earthquake fires of 3rd Feb., 1931. Author of the following:- "Real Property," 1926; Sub-Editor for N.Z. for Dr. Donald Kerr, L.L.D., when writing "The Australian Land Titles (Torrens) System," 1927. Commenced his career as Cadet at Christchurch, 15th May, 1905, later Chief Clerk, Dunedin, 1918; Asst. Land Reg., New Plymouth, 1918; District Land Registrar; and in 1937 appointee to Auckland. Served with the Wellington Regt. as a Private in Egypt and Western Front, 1915-17. Married: Margery Frances, daughter of the late Thomas Chapman Slingsby, of Coventry, Warwickshire, England; 12th, Dec., 1923. Issue: One son, Kenneth Roy and one daughter. Creed: Presybyterian. Home address: "Rewiti," Rewiti Ave., Takapuna, Auckland, N.Z."
His service is commemorated on the Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Lodge of Otago No. 844 E.C.||New Zealand|
|Joined :||Mount Egmont No. 670 E.C.||New Zealand (North Island)|
4th February 1914
4th March 1914
1st April 1914
Roy was a 24 year old Civil Servant from Dunedin when initiated into the Lodge of Otago No. 844, just before the Great War in 1914. He resigned from the Lodge in December 1914, but is shown has having joined Mount Egmont Lodge No. 670 at New Plymouth in October 1914, perhaps the result of a move with his career. He continues his membership beyond 1921. In the margin of the contribution record of Mount Egmont Lodge his is shown associated with Turanganui Lodge No. 1480, but is not found listed in the 1910-1921 ledger of that Lodge.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley