BEARD Andrew Arthur Dering
Regiment : B Company 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : A0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 8th July 1915 aged 19
Buried : Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France, Grave XV. M. 36.
Birthplace : Mussooree, India
Relatives : Son of Lieutenant Colonel A. and Mrs. F. A. Baird, of Merton, Battenhall Rd, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Martin's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Kings School WW1 Memorial. Worcester Cathedral Cloister Windows Kings School. Worcester Guildhall.
2nd Lieut., Worcester Regt.
Born, August 7, 1895. Missing in Flanders, 1915.
Dering Baird was the only son of Colonel Baird, The Mount, Worcester. He entered the School in the First Form in January, 1904, as a day boy, and steadily worked his way to the Sixth from which he matriculated at the Birmingham School of Medicine in 1912. He was always vigorous, painstaking and loyal, and when he left as Sergeant in the O.T.C. won the Drill Challenge Shield for the Day Boys by sheer personal influence and efficiency. For two years he proceeded with his Medical Course at Birmingham and showed great promise, but on the outbreak of the war applied for a commission from the Birmingham University O.T.C. He was gazetted to the Worcester Regiment, and was reported missing after daring reconnaissance work in Flanders in 1915. If he must now be presumed killed it is a great loss to the profession in which his sterling qualities and high character promised a rapid rise. There are those who still hope that his fine character with its ardent goodness and zeal for the right, may yet be spared to us.
W. H. C.
Source for additional information: The Vigornian, June 1917, No.89, Vol.VIII
During the summer of 1915, the 1st battalion remained in one sector or another of the trench-line between Neuve Chapelle and Armentieres. During the hot weather, “no man’s land” became luxuriant with rank grass and flowers which gave good cover to the movement of patrols and resulted in many skirmishes. During one such fight between patrols on July 8th Second Lieutenant A.A.D. Baird was killed. He was a very popular young officer, son of Colonel A. Baird, R.A.M.C., for many years Medical Officer to the Depot at Norton Barracks.
Source for additional information: The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War, by Captain H. FitzM. Stacke, 1928.
Berrow’s Worcester Journal Saturday 17th July 1915:
Casualties in Expeditionary Force under date 9 July
MISSING BAIRD, A.A.D. 2nd Lieut 6th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, attached 1st Battalion, was given a Commission on probation on 24th October 1914.