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Private R J W Bailey


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Private Robert Joseph William BAILEY, G/18808,  7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly 5870, 4/8th Middlesex Regiment & Suffolk Regiment),  killed in action, Flanders, France,  death presumed on or after 3rd May 1917.

1895 June Quarter, born Newmarket District, son of William & Emma Bailey, Rose Cottage, Wicken, Cambridgeshire.


1911 Census - Butts Lane, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire - William Bailey, head, age 57, married, labourer on farm, born Wicken; Emma Bailey, wife, age 52, married 29 years, 9 children, 8 still alive, born Wicken; Elizabeth Bailey, daughter, age 26, single, born Wicken; Julia Bailey, daughter, age 24, single, born Wicken; Mina Bailey, daughter, age 20, single, born Wicken; James Bailey, son, age 19, single, labourer on farm, born Wicken; Robert Bailey, son, age 16, single, labourer on farm, born Wicken; Dorothy Bailey, grand daughter, age 3, born Wicken.

Children included but mot at home so crossed out - Thomas Bailey, son, age 28; Sidney Bailey, son, age 25; Rachel Bailey, daughter, age 22; Lucy Bailey, daughter.


Called up for Service & enlisted Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, age 21, height 5ft 7 inches. Formerly farm labourer. Resided Rose Cottage, Wicken, Cambridgeshire.

Home 7th March 1916 to 1st October 1916; BEF, 2nd October 1916 to 3rd May 1917.

7th March 1916, called up for Servive & enlisted 4/8th Middlesex Regiment; 17th July 1916, absent from Parade 12.00 noon to 7.00pm, deprived of 1 days pay, 8 days confined to Barracks; 14th August 1916, overstaying his pass from Midday 14th August until 4.30 14th August, 7 days confined to Barracks; 21st August 1916, overstaying his pass, forfeited 1 days pay, deprived 1 days pay, 2 days confined to Barracks; 2nd October 1916, posted BEF, 1/7th Middlesex Regiment; 2nd October 1916, embarked Folkestone & disembarked Boulogne; 14th October 1916, transferred to 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th October 1916, posted to 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 20th November 1916, 12 Canadian Field Ambulance, wounded, gun shot wound, face & hand; 23rd November 1916, Etaples 24 General Hospital; 28th November 1916, 22 General Hospital; 12th January 1917, Etaples, joined 40 Infantry Base Depot; 6th April 1917, proceeded to join Battalion in the Field; 3rd May 1917, posted missing.

24th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, William Bailey, Rose Cottage, Bulls Lane, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire; Mother, Emma Bailey, Rose Cottage, Bulls Lane, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire; Brothers, Thomas Bailey, age 36, West View, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire, Sidney Bailey, age 33, 4 ??? Street, Hucknall?, Notts? James Bailey, ager 27, with BEF probably in France. Sisters, Elizabeth D Norden, Mrs, age 35, Rose Cottage, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire, Julia Bailey, age 32, Rose Cottage, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire, Rachel Fuller, age 31, Cros Stone Green, Wicken, Soham, Cambridgeshire, Mina Bailey, age 29, New York State, USA.

Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 7, Pas de Calais, France.


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