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William Baird was born in Ballarat and was a Butcher by trade when he enlisted in the 22nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement on 18 September 1915 at the age of 35. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916. He was married to, but living apart from, his wife Amy. He trained with the 23rd Depot Battalion at Royal Park then the Musketry School at Port Melbourne. He arrived at Fremantle on March 16th. He then went absent without leave before stowing away on the Malwa and departing Fremantle on March 27th.
He disembarked at Suez on April 19th 1916, and after disciplinary proceedings, he was deployed to France with the 22nd Battalion in November. In October of 1917 he was hospitalised with a septic left hand which subsequently led to him being assessed as unfit for active service. He returned to Australia, disembarking from the Euripides, and was discharged on April 26th 1918 as æmedically unfit – gunshot wound left arm and hand'.
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