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David Baird Cairns was born in Skipton, and enlisted in Ballarat on 1st March 1916. He claimed to be 18 years old, yet in his enlistment papers for WW2 he stated that he had been born on 8th February 1900. Either he was 16 when he enlisted in WW1 or he put his age down to enlist in WW2.
David Cairns was single, and claimed that he was employed as a labourer. He was allotted to the 39th Infantry Battalion, and given the Regimental No. 1248. He was posted to the Machine Gun Section.á
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