Douglas Baird (Indian Army officer)

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Sir Douglas Baird
Born 1877
Died 1963
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Indian Army
Years of service 1897–1940
Rank General
Commands held 1st/8th Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
75th Infantry Brigade
28th Punjab Regiment
Zhob Brigade
Senior Officer's School
Kohat District
Deccan District
Eastern Command, India
Battles/wars World War I

General Sir (Harry Beauchamp) Douglas Baird KCB, CMG, CIE, DSO (1877-1963) was a British officer in the Indian Army.

Military career[edit]

Baird was commissioned on the unattached list of the Indian Army on 20 January 1897.[1] 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.[2]

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.[2] He then became Commander of the Zhob Brigade in November 1920, Colonel on the Staff at Army Headquarters, India in 1923 and Commandant of the Senior Officers' School, Belgaum in 1924.[2]

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.[3] 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.[3]


  1. ^ "No. 26815". The London Gazette. 19 January 1897. p. 342. 
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ a b Army Commands Archived July 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Norman MacMullen
GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, India
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Broad