Topic: Robert Sherer Baikie (1895-1918)

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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. Researched and written by Debbie McCauley.

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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 Sherer Baikie (1895-1918)

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 Sherer Baikie (1895-1918)

Robert's parents were buried at Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery.

 

Sources:

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Kean, Fiona (2014). From Tauranga to the Trenches.

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).

 

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Robert Sherer Baikie (1895-1918)


Year:1918
First Names:Robert Sherer
Last Name:Baikie
Date of Birth:12 August 1895
Country of birth:Scotland
Date of death:28 March 1918
Place of death:Somme, France
Place of burial:Grevillers, France
Occupation:Blacksmith and Scottish Dancing Instructor
Name of the ship:Mamari
Date of sailing:2 December 1908
Fathers name:Peter Baikie
Fathers date of birth:6 May 1854
Fathers place of birth:Orkney, Scotland
Fathers date of death:15 December 1933
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Janet Tulloch
Mothers date of birth:c1865
Mothers place of birth:Scotland
Mothers date of death:12 July 1937
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Name of sibilings:Thomas Baikie, Margaret Baikie, Jason Baikie, George Baikie, Peter Baikie, and Alfred Baikie
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)