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Matthew Baird was a Solicitor from Ballarat when he enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, A Company on 3 April 1915. Due to his previous military service in South Africa, he enlisted as a Captain at the age of 35. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915. Because of declining health he was withdrawn from Gallipoli on December 16th, just four days before the famous evacuation from Anzac was completed. He was hospitalised on Lemnos first with asthma and rheumatism then in January 1916 with nephritis. It was decided that he should return to Australia, which he did on the Hospital Ship Kanowna, leaving Suez on January 28th 1916.
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