Individual Report: X85 Kenneth BAIRD

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Major Kenneth George
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Winnipeg MB Manitoba 1890-06-29
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Company Commander E Coy HQ

Transportation - Home Base to Hong Kong

Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by CNR troop train, picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver, arriving in Vancouver on Oct 27 at 0800 hrs.

The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the local soldiers that were with Brigade Headquarters from Winnipeg to BC travelled on a CPR train to Vancouver.

All members embarked from Vancouver on the ships AWATEA and PRINCE ROBERT. AWATEA was a New Zealand Liner and the PRINCE ROBERT was a converted cruiser. "C" Company of the Rifles was assigned to the PRINCE ROBERT, everyone else boarded the AWATEA. The ships sailed from Vancouver on Oct 27th and arrived in Hong Kong on November 16th, having made brief stops enroute at Honolulu and Manila.

Equipment earmarked for 'C' Force use was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced.

On arrival, all troops were quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.


Battle Information

We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. For a detailed description of the battle from a Canadian perspective, visit Canadian Participation in the Defense of Hong Kong (published by the Historical Section, Canadian Military Headquarters).

Wounded Information

No wounds recorded.

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMH09/07/194209/23/1942118

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island3342 Jan 2242 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 26 43 Aug 19
HK-AS-02Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3343 Aug 1944 May 11

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Decorations Received

Image Name of Award Abbreviation References Precedence Comments
Volunteer Officers' DecorationVD11Citation not found

Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1957-05-08Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Winnipeg Manitoba CanadaBrookside CemeteryMLTY-4419-0

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Kenneth BAIRD Major K.G. Baird, 2 Wars Veteran, Dies at Home - Major Kenneth George Baird, veterans of two wars, died Wednesday at his home, 1A Debary Apartments, 626 Wardlaw Avenue. Major Baird served with the 44tth battalion during World War I with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in World War II and was a prisoner in Hong Kong.

He was with Aetna & Sons Life Insurance Co. and later with the Unemployment Insurance Commission in Winnipeg, retiring in 1955. He was a member of Fort Rouge branch of the Canadian Legion.

Surviving are his wife, the former May Havelyn Dowling, a daughter Mrs. Fraser McInnis; two sisters, Mrs. Gordon Thorpe and Mrs. Helen Hebert; and two brothers, A.W. and R. Baird. Funeral Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Rev. J.C. Clough officiating. Burial will be in military plot, Brookside Cemetery. A. B. Gardiner Funeral Home is in charge.

Honorary pallbearers will be W. L. Billings, W.J. Hunter, J.R. McMillan, H. Adamson, F.F. Tribe, R.W. Payne and W. McPhillips. Active pallbearers will be Lt. Col. George Trist, Lt. Col. J. A. Bailie, Capt. Neil O. Bardal, Capt. F.V. Dennis, Lt. R.W. Queen-Hughes and Capt. Hugh McKechnie.

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Report generated: 25 Feb 2024.


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Additional Notes

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  1. Service numbers for officers are locally generated for reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service numbers until 1945.
  2. 'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
  3. Some birthdates and deathdates display as follows: 1918-00-00. In general, this indicates that we know the year but not the month or day.
  4. Our POW camp links along with our References link (near the bottom of the 'C' Force home page) are designed to give you a starting point for your research. There were many camps with many name changes. The best resource for all POW camps in Japan is the Roger Mansell Center for Research site.
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