BAIRD Neil Hutchinson

RAN Born West Perth WA 26 November 1908 Died 2 May 1989

Service No: Commissioned.  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.

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