Charles Donald LAIRD 1861-1935
&
Sarah Martha SHARPE 1869-1931

Grazier of "Glenferris" Digby, S-W Victoria

Darlington, Digby, Noradjuha, Nhill, Ararat, Benalla and Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Charles Donald LAIRD 1861-1935, b. Camperdown, Victoria, d. Geelong, Victoria was married in 1889 at Warracknabeal, Victoria Sarah Martha SHARPE 1869-1931, b. Digby, S-W Victoria to Jeremiah Robert SHARPE and Sarah Ann SMITH; d. Benalla, Victoria.

Charles Donald LAIRD and Sarah Martha SHARPE had 11 children from 1890-1908 at Digby, Noradjuha, Nhill, Stawell, Ararat and Benalla.

1885 : Leased 750 acres in Weecurra Parish (W-of-Digby), S-W Victoria.

1887 : Involved in the formation of the "Dingo Destruction Association" at Digby...

"The Hamilton Spectator" (Vic.) Tuesday, 11th October 1887.
MERINO. October 10.--A meeting of the Dingo Destroying Association took place on the 8th inst. at Digby. There were a large number present and a good deal of interest was shown in the movement. Mr. G. D. Laird presided, and a good deal of discussion took place respecting the conditions under which it was proposed to raise a fund, a great many present thinking the members' fee of 5s. per annum totally inadequate. It was ultimately resolved that the rule he rescinded, and that the fee for joining the Association be 10s. 6d. for owners for 500 sheep and under, 1s. extra for every additional 100 up to 1000, 6d for every additional 100 up to 2000, and 3d. for every additional 100 over 2900 until a maximum fee of 2 2s. is reached. It was decided, on the motion of Mr. A. Farley, jun., seconded by Mr. Povey, that the bounds of this district be as follow :-- Starting at the Sandford bridge over the Wannon, thence along the railway line to its intersection with the Portland and Coleraine road, thence south to the Crawford River, thence west along that River to its junction with the Glenelg, thence round the course of the Glenelg and Wannon to the starting point. After several more names had been added to the committee, it was decided that Messrs. Laird, Leek, Farley, Lawton and the Secretary form a sub-committee to meet and draw up a code of rules for the Society's guidance, the same to be submitted to the general meeting to he held at Digby on Saturday, the 23rd inst.

1917 : Son Charles Roy LAIRD, L/Cpl 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF, killed in action, Menin Road, Ypres, Belgium.

1931 : Sarah Martha LAIRD died at Benalla, Victoria in 1931 and was buried in the Benalla Cemetery.

1931 : Sarah Martha LAIRD died at Benalla, Victoria in 1931 and was buried in the Benalla Cemetery.

1935 : Charles Donald LAIRD died at Geelong, Victoria in 1935 and was buried in the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.

Charles Donald LAIRD and Sarah Martha SHARPE had the following children...

  1. Charles Roy LAIRD 1890-1917, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, d. 20 Sep 1917, Belgium (unknown grave), with the 1st AIF as L/Cpl 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF, killed in action.
    • 1915 Dec : Mechanic, aged 25y, of "Willandra" Station (managed by his uncle Frank Alfred Horace LAIRD), near Hillston, New South Wales
    • 1915 Dec 03 : enlisted in NSW as Pte 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF
    • 1916 Aug 22 : embarked per "Wiltshire" Sydney, NSW as Pte 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF
    • 1916 Oct 13 : disembarked "Wiltshire" Plymouth, England as Pte 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF
    • 1916 Dec 17 : joined Battalion in France as Pte 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF
    • 1917 May 05 : wrote letter home to Benalla as Pte 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF...
      "The Benalla Standard" (Vic.) Friday, 20th July 1917.
      SOLDIERS' LETTERS.--Pte. Roy Laird, writing to his father, Mr. C. D. Laird, of Benalla, from France under date of May 5th, speaks of the extremely cold weather which he and those who went away with him have experienced. They had not experienced a hot day for two winters, as it was the end of the winter in Australia when they went away. He says :-- "It is the coldest it has been my lot to bump up against. I never heard of frozen bread until I came to France. We had to boil ice in order to get water to make tea. To get the ice we went out with a pickaxe to break it and a bag to carry it in. We had to put the bread in the oven before being able to cut it. We had to work, but we are none the worse for it. I have never felt better in my life. During the last dust up with Fritz I was buried several times with shells, but came out every time unhurt, except for being deaf in the right ear, which is now nearly right again, Fred (his brother) is still doing well."
    • 1917 May 14 : appointed L/Cpl 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF
    • 1917 Sep 20 : killed in action, Menin Road, Ypres, Belgium as L/Cpl, 5367, 20th Battalion, AIF.

  2. Sarah Josephine May LAIRD 1891-1961, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, d. Melbourne, Victoria; m. Harold Wilfred BROWN 1884-1965, b. Melbourne, Victoria to Henry Lockwood BROWN and Annie Croom GALE; d. Melbourne, Victoria.
  3. Frederick Arthur LAIRD M.M. 1893-1963, b. Digby, S-W Victoria, d. Drummond, Victoria; m. Isabella BOYD 1894-1983, b. Benalla, Victoria to Alexander BOYD and Apolonia BOWER; d. Melbourne, Victoria. WW1 service...
    • 1915 May : Agent's Clerk, single, aged 22y, of Benalla, Victoria
    • 1915 May 04 : enlisted in VIC as Pte 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1915 Jul 16 : embarked "Demosthehenes" Melbourne, Victoria as Pte 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1915 Sep 11 : embarked "..." from Alexandria, Egypt for Galipolli as Pte 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1915 Nov 05 : sent to hospital from Shrapnel Gully, Galipolli as Pte 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1915 Nov 12 : admitted to Ricasoli hospital, Malta as Pte 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1916 Mar 30 : disembarked Marseiles, France from Alexandria, Egypt as Pte 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1916 Jun 06 : L/Cpl 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF (promoted) France
    • 1916 Aug 10 : Cpl 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF (promoted) France
    • 1916 Aug 27 : Sgt 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF (promoted) France
    • 1918 Aug 09 : recommended for DCM (awarded MM) for work at Vauvillers (near Villers-Bretonneux), Somme, France as Sgt 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1919 Mar 28 : embarked "City of Poona" England, for RTA as Sgt 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF
    • 1919 May 14 : embarked "City of Poona" England, for RTA as Sgt 2379, 7th Battalion, AIF

  4. Mary Alice LAIRD 1896-1972, b. Noradjuha, Victoria, d. Lake Cargelligo, NSW; m. 1927 to James Arthur MORRIS ...?..., b. ...?..., d. ...?...
  5. Kathleen Eddington LAIRD 1898-1974, b. Nhill, Victoria, d. Benalla, Victoria; m. Alexander Adolph FELDTMANN 1894-1955, b. Cashel, Victoria, d. Stewarton, Victoria.
  6. John Robert LAIRD 1899-1949, b. Nhill, Victoria, d. Mooroopna, Victoria; m. Amelia Jane ELLIOTT 1903-1979, b. Rushworth, Victoria, d. Mooroopna, Victoria.
  7. Nellie Sophia LAIRD 1901-1965, b. Stawell, Victoria, d. Melbourne, Victoria; m. Herbert John SAMPSON, b. ...?..., d. ...?....
  8. Ethel Jean LAIRD 1902-1968, b. Ararat, Victoria, d. Melbourne, Victoria; m. Joseph Henry FIRTH 1888-1972, b. Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, d. Melbourne, Victoria.
  9. Amy Violet LAIRD 1904-1929, b. Ararat, Victoria, d. Wangaratta, Victoria.
  10. William Alexander LAIRD 1906-1969, b. Benalla, Victoria, d. Strathfiel, NSW; m. Beatrice Maud HUSSEY 1908-1982, b. Kerang, Victoria; d. Melbourne, Victoria.
  11. Archibald Leonard LAIRD 1908-1963, b. Benalla, Victoria, d. QLD; m. Mona Victoria GINNIVAN 1910-1984, b. Benalla, Victoria; d. Melbourne, Victoria.

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