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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Farmer by trade, Colin Campbell Baird was 25 years and single when enlisted on the 14th of September 1916 in the 38th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 2281. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 'Port Lincoln' on the 20th of October 1916. On the 19th of January 1917 was listed as admitted to Fargo hospital for Appendicitis and later on the 17th was discharged from Fargo hospital to duty Intestinal Celiac. On the 28th of October 1917 was admitted to Barrington War Hospital near Shrewsbury for shell gas wound and concussion and was listed as returned to Australia per 'Nestor' on the 20th of May 1919. Disembarked on the 2nd of July 1919. Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 9th of August 1919. Tree No. 2522