Baird, John Cooper

Baird, John Cooper

Chief Engineer Officer

SS Lambrook (London), Merchant Navy

Died of disease on Tuesday 11 February 1947 (aged 48)

Buried:

Knockbreda Cemetery (Section H. Grave 111)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Chief Engineer John Cooper Baird died on 11 February 1947 (aged 48) and he was a son of John Baird, and of Ellen Jane Baird, of Belfast.

John Cooper Baird’s connection with the Ards North Down area is that, in 1911, he was living in Ballywalter, Co Down.

The 1911 census return provides the following detail in respect of the residents of a house in Ballywalter:

  • Ella J Baird – Head of family, Presbyterian, aged 44, widow, born in England.
  • Dorothy Baird – Daughter, Presbyterian, aged 16, NT Monitress, single, born in Kansas, USA.
  • Aileen Baird – Daughter, Presbyterian, aged 14, scholar, single, born in Kansas, USA.
  • John Cooper Baird – Son, Presbyterian, aged 12, scholar, single, born in Kansas, USA.
  • Kathleen E Baird – Daughter, Presbyterian, aged 10, scholar, single, born in Kansas, USA.
  • Annie Allison – Boarder, Presbyterian, aged 22, National School Teacher, single.

John Cooper Baird was born around 1898/1899 in Kansas, USA and he was a son of John and Ellen (Ella) Jane Baird (nee Cooper).

John and Ellen Baird had four children, all of whom were born in Kansas USA:

Dorothy (born around 1894/1895)

Aileen (born around 1896/1897)

John Cooper (born around 1898/1899)

Kathleen E (born around September 1900)

Their father, John Baird, died in the USA and was buried there.

In 1901 the widowed Ellen Baird (aged 34) and her four children were living in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England.  Ellen was working as a stationer and newsagent and her unmarried sister, Edith M. Cooper (aged 29), was living with them.  Both Ellen and Edith Cooper were born in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

During the Second World War, Chief Engineer John Cooper Baird served in the Merchant Navy aboard SS Lambrook.

Launched in June 1942 this general cargo steel motor vessel was built by the Burntisland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Burntisland, Fife, Scotland.  She was first owned by Austin Friars Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. – Galbraith, Pembroke & Co. Ltd., London.

Chief Engineer John Cooper Baird died of ‘asthenia and cardiac failure due to fibroid phthisis’ at 44 Agincourt Avenue, Belfast on 11 February 1947 (aged 48).  His sister Dorothy was with him when he died.

Chief Engineer John Cooper Baird was buried in Knockbreda Cemetery and is commemorated on the family grave headstone:

BAIRD

In loving memory of

JOHN COOPER BAIRD

DIED 11TH FEBRUARY 1947,

ONLY SON OF ELLEN BAIRD

AND THE LATE JOHN BAIRD, INTERRED IN U.S.A.

ALSO THE ABOVE ELLEN JANE BAIRD

DIED 30TH SEPTEMBER 1955.

THEIR DAUGHTERS

DOROTHY BAIRD, DIED 5TH SEPTEMBER 1960.

AILEEN BAIRD, DIED 22ND NOVEMBER 1974.

They dwell in the house of the Lord forever