BAIRD Neil Hutchinson
RAN Born West Perth WA 26 November 1908 Died Peppermint Grove WA 2 May 1989
Service No: Commissioned Officer. Highgate Sub-Branch Foundation Member. Military Training was Compulsory. Joined the Naval Reserve age 17. 1940 Assistant Training Officer “Leeuwin”. 2nd Officer on a Coal Hulk towed to Darwin by tug “Uco” Received a signal from “HMAS Sydney” “Good luck on your long tow”. One of her last signals. Boom Defence Darwin 19 February 1942 raid – 11 ships sunk. Then Provost Marshal Western Area. Then back to Bairds Store.