Douglas Baird (Indian Army officer)
|Sir Douglas Baird|
|Service/branch||British Indian Army|
|Years of service||1897–1940|
|Commands held||1st/8th Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
75th Infantry Brigade
28th Punjab Regiment
Senior Officer's School
Eastern Command, India
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Baird was commissioned on the unattached list of the Indian Army on 20 January 1897. He served on the Western Front in World War I becoming commanding officer of the 1st/8th Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1916 and then as a General Staff Officer first with 51st (Highland) Division and then with the Cavalry Corps before becoming commander of 75th Infantry Brigade in 1918.
After the War Baird became a General Staff Officer at 4th Indian Infantry Division in India, Brigadier-General on the General Staff with the Baluchistan Force and then commanding officer of the 28th Punjabis. He then became Commander of the Zhob Brigade in November 1920, Colonel on the Staff at Army Headquarters, India in 1923 and Commandant of Senior Officer's School at Belgaum in 1924.
Baird went on to be Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General in India in July 1929 and General Officer Commanding the Kohat District in December 1930. Then he became General Officer Commanding the Deccan District in 1932 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command in April 1936 before retiring in April 1940.
Sir Norman MacMullen
|GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, India
Sir Charles Broad