Baird, Reginald Vaughn

Regimental Number: 105493
Rank: Sapper
Branch: Canadian Railway Troops

Reginald was born in England on May 31, 1898 (he wrote 1897 on his attestation paper, but a letter in his service file corrects this information). It is unknown when he first came to Canada, but he enlisted in Regina in December of 1915. His brother William served in the British Army. Reginald was received gunshot wounds to his left arm on October 5, 1916 at the Somme. In 1919, he filed on the eastern half of 31-71-10-W6 and NW 36-71-11-W6. On November 18, 1931, Reginald married Alpha Thoreson. They had no children. Reginald served in the Canadian Army in World War II. After he returned, the Bairds moved to Vancouver where Reginald started a business hauling sawdust from the mills to homes that heated with sawdust. He eventually sold this business and went up the Alaska Highway as a carpenter for the Air Force. Alpha died in Dawson Creek. For a time, Reginald moved back to the west coast, but he eventually returned to Beaverlodge where he died in 1970.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Supplement p. 16