Laird, David Sidney: Service no. 283572

Digitized Service Record

Source: “Duty Nobly Done” page 232 and 249.

Indicated on his attestation papers his military service as being in the “Harvard Regiment” in Boston, Massachusetts. Biographical information here indicates he died in Boston, Massachusetts August 08, 1920.

 

Attestation paper 1 for Laird indicating his military experience

July 2: Canadian Corp sports at Camblain-le-Abbe. 18th Canadian Battalion Football Team won the final by 2-0. High Jump won by Pte. Laird of B coy.

July 2: Canadian Corp sports at Camblain-le-Abbe. 18th Canadian Battalion Football Team won the final by 2-0. High Jump won by Pte. Laird of B coy.

 

Canadian Corps Sports day. Sports held at VILLERS AU BOIS. Final events for Corps Championships being decide at this meet. Pte. D.S. Laird, 18th Battalion winning "High jump" and 2nd Division winning Football. 3 o.rs admitted to hospital.

Canadian Corps Sports day. Sports held at VILLERS AU BOIS. Final events for Corps Championships being decide at this meet. Pte. D.S. Laird, 18th Battalion winning “High jump” and 2nd Division winning Football. 3 o.rs admitted to hospital.

 

 

Source: The Ottawa Journal, 2 Oct 1917, Tue, Page 14.

News article relating Pte. Laird’s high jump win at a sports day held September 29, 1917 at Villers Camp in France. Source: The Ottawa Journal, 2 Oct 1917, Tue, Page 14.

 

Harvard War Degrees

The Springfield Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, Thursday, March 17, 1921 page 11 Via: Janette Fraser

HARVARD WAR-DEGREES
War Still Figures in Awards as Shown By Governing Board’s Movement

Cambridge, March 11 – War-degrees still figure in academic awards at Harvard college. In the announcement to-day that the governing boards of the university have voted to grant degrees to 163 students at midyears, it was stated that about half of the 87 men given the degree of bachelor of arts were granted it with 25 per cent allowance “for honorable service in the war.”

A war degree was conferred posthumously on David S. Laird, ’19, of Amherst, N.S., who came to Harvard in 1915, enlisted in the Canadian army shortly afterwards, returning to college in 1919 after 3 years fighting, and after completing the requirements for the war degree died last August of heart trouble.

Mrs. Mathieson, wife of Chief Justice Mathieson, has received a telegram from her brother, Mr. D.R. Laird, stating that his youngest son Sydney had died very suddenly Sunday in Boston, where he had been under treatment in a hospital. The deceased was only twenty-three years of age. After a course in the Latin School at Amherst he entered Harvard University and was a student there when the war broke out. He enlisted in the Nova Scotia Highlanders and fought with their regiment for three years. When the war was over he re-entered Harvard and resumed his arts course. Mr. Laird spent last summer in Charlottetown. He was a young man of splendid intellectual and physical attainments, and excelled in athletic sports. He was very popular with his associates and the news of his death will be learned with deep regret by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn besides his father, one brother, Arthur who is taking an engineering course in Harvard, and one sister Alethe, at present in Charlottetown. The remains will be brought to the Island for burial and the funeral will take place from the residence of Chief Justice Mathieson. Notice of this will appear later. The bereaved family will have the deep sympathy of all in their great sorrow.

Source: The Charlottetown Guardian; August 10, 1920; Page 3. Via https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-l/laird-david-rennie-1865-1948/

 

Fathers Obituary

Obituary for Private Laird’s father. Private Laird’s grandfather was the Honourable David Laird, PC (March 12, 1933 – January 12, 1914). The Guardian, Charlottetown, P.E.I; August 30, 1948; Page 5. Via Janette Fraser.

 

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Standard Certificate of Death showing Private Laird’s cause of death and that it was his service in France during the war that contributed to his death.

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