CAIRD, John Lindsay
41909 and 54267, Private, Highland Light Infantry, King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
b. 1899 Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK.
d. 1987 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Frances Caird – Wife.
At the outbreak of war in August 1914, the two Regular Battalions and the two Territorial Battalions (4th and 5th) of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers were mobilized to fight in Gallipoli and other theatres of war in Europe. In addition, ‘New Army’ Battalions (6th, 7th and 8th) were raised, together with a 9th Battalion, which provided reinforcements for the other Battalions, and a 10th (Garrison) Battalion.
The fighting was fast and furious and conditions were brutal. The 7th Battalion lost about two-thirds of its strength and the 8th over one-third at the Battle of Loos. The two Battalions were amalgamated in the spring of 1916 and the 7thth /8KOSB went on to fight on the Somme, at Arras, Pilckem, and on the Marne (with the French and Americans), ending the war in Belgium.
John Caird migrated to Australia from Southampton 13th September 1933 and married Frances Esther Francis in Queensland, 27th April 1935. Electoral Rolls for the Sunshine Coast show John as a fruitgrower living at ‘Tingal’, Chevallum Road, Palmwoods from 1936 until at least 1980 when his wife Frances died. He continued to live on the coast until his own death in 1987. He was buried in the Military Section of Woombye Cemetery.
Sources: Ancestry Army records; Qld. BDM records; Qld. Electoral Rolls.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
John is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.