Rfn. Robert Sherer Baikie

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Rfn. Robert Sherer Baikie

Birthplace: Newbigging, St Andrews, Orkney, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Death: March 28, 1918 (22)
Somme, Northern France, France (World War I: Killed in Action)
Place of Burial: Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Baikie and Janet Baikie
Brother of Margaret Jane Baikie; John T Baikie; James William Baikie; Matilda Baikie; George Albert Baikie and 3 others

Occupation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion
Find a Grave ID: 15288098
Immigration to New Zealand: Mamari, 2 December 1908
Service No: WWI 38484
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Rfn. Robert Sherer Baikie

Tauranga man and soldier Robert Sherer Baikie was killed in action in France on 28 March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive of 1918. This series of German attacks along the Western Front during World War I (1914-1918) began on 21 March 1918 using extra German divisions now available as a result of the Russian surrender. It was a bid to defeat the Allies before troops from the United States could be deployed. Robert Sherer Baikie was born in Scotland on 12 August 1895 to Peter and Janet Baikie (nee Tulloch). Peter and Janet along with their children Margaret, Jason, Robert, George, Peter, Alfred and Thomas, departed London, England for Auckland, New Zealand on 2 December 1908 aboard the Mamari. Robert worked as a blacksmith and for the Tauranga Sawmill Company and as a Scottish Dancing Instructor. His war record states that he had fair hair and blue eyes, standing 5ft 3 and that his parents lived in 9th Avenue, Tauranga. Robert served in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Reinforcements J Company. He embarked from Wellington on 16 February 1917 on the Navua for Devonport, England. On 27 September 1917 he was wounded in action and admitted to hospital and in December 1917 he was again admitted suffering from measles. Robert was killed in action at Somme in France during the German Spring Offensive on 28 March 1918 (reg. 1918/40543). He was aged just 22. Robert's parents were buried at Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery. In 2014 Tauranga's 'Field of Remembrance' was created by the Tauranga WW100 Committee. It comprised 107 white crosses in memory of the men from the Tauranga area who died during World War I. Each cross carries a red poppy and the name of an individual who died. Source: Biography by Debbie McCauley (3 August 2014) https://debbiemccauleyauthor.wordpress.com/biographies/tauranga-rol....


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  2. Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).
  3. Cenotaph: https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/...
  4. Kean, Fiona (2014). From Tauranga to the Trenches.
  5. McCauley, Debbie (2014). Robert Sherer Baikie (1895-1918) via http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/remembering_war/topics/show/2188
  6. New Zealand and World War One Roll of Honour: http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~sooty/genealogy/nzefrohBa.html / Ref 2.4.2021
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Rfn. Robert Sherer Baikie's Timeline

August 12, 1895
Newbigging, St Andrews, Orkney, Scotland (United Kingdom)
March 28, 1918
Age 22
Somme, Northern France, France
March 28, 1918
Age 22
Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France