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He was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 14 May, 1891.  He was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} with seniority of 14 November, 1892.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/26356/pages/7551 no. 26356.  p. 7551.]  23 December, 1892.</ref>
 
He was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 14 May, 1891.  He was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} with seniority of 14 November, 1892.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/26356/pages/7551 no. 26356.  p. 7551.]  23 December, 1892.</ref>
  
He was appointed to the [[H.M.S. Venerable (1899)|''Venerable'']] on 15 March, 1906.<ref>"Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices).  ''The Times''.  Friday, 9 March, 1906.  Issue '''37963''', col A, pg. 10.</ref>
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He was appointed to the {{UK-Venerable|f=t}} on 15 March, 1906.<ref>"Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices).  ''The Times''.  Friday, 9 March, 1906.  Issue '''37963''', col A, pg. 10.</ref>
  
 
Baird was promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 30 June, 1909.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/28263/pages/4857 no. 28263.  p. 4857.]  25 June, 1909.</ref>
 
Baird was promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 30 June, 1909.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/28263/pages/4857 no. 28263.  p. 4857.]  25 June, 1909.</ref>
  
 
==Great War==
 
==Great War==
He was appointed command of [[H.M.S. King George V (1911)|''King George V'']] on 7 March, 1913.<ref>''Navy List'' (December, 1914).  p. 343.</ref>
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He was appointed command of {{UK-KingGeorgeV}} on 7 March, 1913.<ref>''Navy List'' (December, 1914).  p. 343.</ref>
  
He commanded [[H.M.S. Ajax (1912)|''Ajax'']] at Jutland.<ref>Admiralty.  ''Battle of Jutland Official Despatches'', p. 43.</ref>
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He commanded the {{UK-Ajax|f=t}} at Jutland.<ref>Admiralty.  ''Battle of Jutland Official Despatches'', p. 43.</ref>
  
 
He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1918.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30451/supplements/80 (Supplement) no. 30451.  p. 80.]  1 January, 1918.</ref>
 
He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1918.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30451/supplements/80 (Supplement) no. 30451.  p. 80.]  1 January, 1918.</ref>
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Revision as of 15:19, 17 August 2012

Rear-Admiral SIR George Henry Baird, K.C.B., Royal Navy (14 October, 1871 – 22 October, 1924) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

He was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant dated 14 May, 1891. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 14 November, 1892.[1]

He was appointed to the battleship Venerable on 15 March, 1906.[2]

Baird was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1909.[3]

Great War

He was appointed command of King George V on 7 March, 1913.[4]

He commanded the light cruiser Ajax at Jutland.[5]

He was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 1 January, 1918.[6]

Post-War

Baird was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 26 March, 1920, vice Jackson.[7]

Assessment

Speaking to Captain Herbert W. Richmond in 1917, Baird apparently said of Jutland, "To wait all that time & then turn away from them instead of towards them, was sickening They gave us our chance & we weren't allowed to take it."[8] Accepting that this conversation took place, this writer has been unable to find among the Jutland papers any mention of Captain Baird hauling Ajax out of the line after the Germans, or of him signalling his immediate superior in the battle line, Vice-Admiral Jerram, suggesting that he do the same. Just because a junior officer is willing to risk his ship doesn't mean that it is necessary, or even advisable. — SIMON HARLEY, Co-editor.

Footnotes

  1. London Gazette: no. 26356. p. 7551. 23 December, 1892.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 9 March, 1906. Issue 37963, col A, pg. 10.
  3. London Gazette: no. 28263. p. 4857. 25 June, 1909.
  4. Navy List (December, 1914). p. 343.
  5. Admiralty. Battle of Jutland Official Despatches, p. 43.
  6. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30451. p. 80. 1 January, 1918.
  7. London Gazette: no. 31870. p. 4575. 20 April, 1920.
  8. Diary entry for 4 May, 1917. Quoted in Marder. Portrait of an Admiral. p. 247.

Bibliography

  • "Rear-Admiral Sir G. H. Baird" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 23 October, 1924. Issue 43790, col B, pg. 17.

Service Record

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edmond Hyde Parker
Director of the Mobilisation Department
1921 – 1923
Succeeded by
John W. L. McClintock