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Herbert Heaton BAILEY

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Surname: BAILEY

Forename(s): Herbert Heaton

Place of Birth: Cowling, Yorkshire

Service No: 131674

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Army Medical Corps

Battalion / Unit: 9th Coy 1st Training Battalion

Division: ---

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1918-03-06

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 510.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

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Herbert Heaton Bailey was the son of James and Amelia Bailey, née Brigg. Both parents were born at Cowling, Yorkshire.

1901 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Keighley Road - Herbert H. Bailey, aged 2 years, born Cowling, son of James and Amelia Bailey.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 55, Skipton Road - Herbert Heaton Bailey, aged 12 years, born Cowling, Yorkshire, son of James and Amelia Bailey.

The British Army Service Record for Herbert Heaton Bailey exists but may be incomplete.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Herbert Heaton Bailey, 131674, 9 Coy R.A.M.C. Date and Place of Death: 6.3.18. Tring. Illness.To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father and Administrator - James. £16 2s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Herbert. Name(s) on card(s): Mrs Amelia Bailey. Relationship: Mother. Address 1. 99, Bolton Road, Silsden, Yorks. Address 2. Rosebud House, Cowling, Keighley.

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BAILEY, H.H., Sunny Mount, [Silsden], died in hospital, Tring, March 6, 1918.


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Private Herbert Heaton BAILEY

Private Herbert Heaton BAILEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Army Medical Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Army Medical Corps

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Surname: BAILEY

Forename(s): Herbert Heaton

Born: Cowling, Yorks

Residence: Silston

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 131674

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps



Died Date: 06/03/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Home

Notes: Formerly 205447, Labour Corps

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Surname: BAILEY

Forename(s): Herbert Heaton

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 131674

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps


Age: 19


Died Date: 06/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of James and Amelia Bailey, of Rosebud House, Cowling, Keighley.

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Obituary from 'The Keighlian' the School Magazine of Keighley Boys' Grammar School

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Private. Royal Army Medical Corps.

Herbert H. Bailey was at the School from 1907 to 1912. On leaving School, he took the profession of his father, that of textile manufacturer, and entered the firm of Messrs. Hill, Benson & Bailey, of Silsden, in which firm his father is a partner. Herbert Bailey continued his education in the Textile Department of the Technical School. His father was formerly the head-master of that Department, and at the present time is giving great assistance to the School as acting head-master during the period of the war. While there, Herbert Bailey was remarkably successful in his studies, being a most painstaking and enthusiastic worker. At the City and Guilds of London Institute Examination in Woollen and Worsted Weaving in May, 1917, he gained the First Prize and was successful in winning the Bronze Medal.

He joined the Army on June 16th, 1917, and at first was posted to the 87th Reserve Training Battalion, at Hornsea. After further training at Catterick Bridge and York, he was transferred to the R.A.M.C. and sent to Blackpool for field ambulance training. During the bad weather of the early part of last winter, he contracted a severe cold, and was in hospital suffering from influenza and a slight attack of pneumonia.

In January of the present year, he was transferred to Aylesbury for hospital training. After working for some time at the Military Hospital, he acted as orderly in the Isolation Ward of a neighbouring hospital. While there, he contracted scarlet fever, and after being removed to hospital, he had another attack of pneumonia in addition to the fever. His condition became worse, and his parents were only able to get to the hospital a short time before he passed away. He was unconscious when they arrived. He was interred at Silsden on March 7th.

Herbert Bailey was not a strong, robust young man, yet in spite of his difficult surroundings while in the Army he nobly strove to do his duty, and in doing so, laid down his life in the endeavour to give assistance to those in need of help. His parents have received many letters from his soldier friends and patients under his care, and all alike speak of his good work, and testify to his influence for good in their lives.

He was well known as a quiet, unassuming young man, and a most devoted voluntary worker in any good cause. His fine, manly character and sympathetic disposition had gained him a wide circle of friends, both at Silsden and Keighley, and their appreciation was very greatly in evidence at the funeral service.

The School is proud to record such self-sacrifice on the part of its Old Boys, and we tender our most sincere sympathy to the parents and friends in their loss.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


BAILEY Herbert Heaton of 99 Bolton-road Silsden Yorkshire private R.A.M.C. died 6 March 1918 at Military Isolation Hospital Tring Hertfordshire Administration London 10 June to James Bailey manufacturer. Effects £298 15s. 6d.

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15 March 1918


It came as a great shock to the large circle of friends of Private Herbert Heaton Bailey, R.A.M.C., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bailey, Bolton Road, Silsden, when it became known that he had died from pneumonia, following upon scarlet fever, on Wednesday 6th March at the Military Isolation Hospital, Tring, Hertfordshire, where he had served as an orderly.

Deceased, who was 19 years of age, joined up 9 months ago, and had served in several hospitals in Yorkshire and Lancashire before going to Tring. Whilst at Blackpool Convalescent Hospital last Autumn he contracted pneumonia and he seemed to never fairly get over it. Previous to joining the Army, he was employed by Messrs. Hill Bros., Benson and Bailey, manufacturers, Silsden. He received his education at the Keighley Trade and Grammar School, and whilst a student at the Technical classes he won the Drapers' Exhibition Award, valued at £10 per year for two years at the examination of 1915. In 1917 he gained the London City and Guilds lst Bronze Medal, and in addition the lst prize of the Clothworkers' Company. He was a well-known figure in Silsden, being closely connected with the United Methodist Church as secretary to the League of Young Worshippers. The body was conveyed from Tring to Silsden on Friday night last, and was met at the bottom of the village on Saturday and conveyed to the United Methodist Church, where the service was conducted by Rev. R. Key, resident minister, assisted by Rev. F. H. J. Thornton of Crosshills. As the mourners entered the Church, the Dead March was played by the organist, Miss M. Longbottom, and during the service the hymns 'O God our help in ages past' and 'Jesu lover of my soul' were sung; and at the close 'O Rest in the Lord' was played. As the cortege passed through the village there were many manifestations of regret. The body was borne to its last resting place by members of the Church. Mr. Key officiated at the graveside. There was a large number of floral tributes. A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church on Sunday, when the Rev. R. Key spoke of the merits of the dead soldier, of his winning personality, and genial and humble disposition, and of his love of home and kindred. He possessed a large soul in a not over-strong body.

There was a large congregation, and much sympathy is felt for the family of the deceased.

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15 March 1918

BAILEY - Herbert Heaton Bailey, the beloved son of James and Amelia Bailey, of Sunny Mount, Silsden, in the Military Isolation Hospital, Tring, on March 6th, 1918.

15 March 1918


The death of Pte. Herbert Heaton Bailey, of the R.A.M.C., son of Mr. and Mrs James Bailey, of 99, Bolton Road, Silsden, took place at the Military Isolation Hospital, Tring, Hertfordshire, on Wednesday of last week. Prior to joining the army in June last year, Pte. Bailey was engaged for six months on substitution work. When nineteen years of age he was called to the colours and went to Hornsea, where to was attached to the Training Reserve Battalion. From Hornsea he went to Catterick Bridge, and then to Strensall, where he was attached to the R.A.M.C. He was later sent into training at Blackpool, and while there he contracted a slight attack of pneumonia, and was in hospital about five weeks. On his recovery he came home on leave, and was then sent to Aylesbury, where he was engaged in hospital work, the latter part of his time being spent at the Isolation Ward. Here he was stricken with scarlet fever and was sent into hospital at Tring. Pneumonia also returned, and his death was due to the complication of the two diseases. He was formerly a student at the Keighley Trade and Grammar School, and on leaving school at the age of 15, he entered the employment of Messrs. Hill, Benson, and Bailey, manufacturers, Silsden, of which firm his father is a partner. He continued his education at the Evening Classes at the Keighley Technical School, and in 1915 he won the Drapers' Exhibition valued at £10 a year for two years, while in 1917 he won the London and City and Guilds' first bronze medal for woollen and worsted weaving and the Cloth Workers' Company's first prize of £2 10s. He was of a studious disposition and had a very promising future before him. The news of his death has been received with deep feeling and regret, he being a young man who was held in highest regard by everyone who knew him. He was a member of the Silsden Bethesda United Methodist Church, a teacher in the Sunday. School, and secretary of the Young Worshipers' League. The funeral took place at Silsden on Saturday afternoon, the officiating ministers being Rev. F.H.J. Thornton and Rev. R. Key. There was a large attendance including representatives from the Silsden Church and Sunday School, the various churches in the circuit, and from the firm of Messrs. Hill, Benson and Bailey. The male teachers at the Sunday-school acted as bearers. A large number of floral tributes were sent, including those from the United Methodist Church and Sunday-school, and the employees of the firm where Pte. Bailey was formerly employed. A memorial service was held on Sunday morning. Rev. R.R. Key preaching from the text, "All things work together for good to them that love God," Romans, chapter 8, verse 28, said that that morning it was not for Herbert Heaton Bailey himself that they mourned, and his transition from the earthly scenes to the heavenly; they must view and include amongst "the all things" hard though it was for them to do so. Everyone of them desired his life, but God had permitted his earthly work to finish. He had called him to a larger and fuller service and a higher ministry. It was difficult for them to believe that his earthly work was done, but like the Master he carefully and trustfully followed, he accomplished much in little time. They thought of the work he had undertaken in the church and school, of his devotion to his Sunday-school class, and as secretary of the Young Worshippers' League. They thought also the ability that he displayed in the textile world, and the success he won there. For him there seemed to be a brilliant future. But his was not to be earthly service. God saw that he was fit for the heavenly service. How beautiful and simple was the Christian faith of Herbert, how his child-like trust made doubt impossible for them. His was a winning personality, genial and humble, and he was a lover of his home and kindred. He possessed a large soul in a not over strong body, and in doing the work of the R.A.M.C. in hospital he was placed in a position of danger as great as in the field of battle. It was well nigh impossible to take cover against disease germs, but in the hospital he ministered and cared for his fellow soldiers without murmur or complaint, and by falling at the post of duty Herbert had given his life as truly as those who fell on the actual field of battle. One word seemed to sum up the character of their dear departed brother, and that was "thoroughness." Herbert could not rest satisfied with second place accomplishment. All that he did he did well. Although he had gone from them he lived more a truly amongst them. He had left behind a fragrant memory. His influence lived, and would live on to the end. His death would ever make them think and live more truly, and live nearer to the Master he so loyally served. It was a hard stroke for them all to bear, and especially for the family of their stricken friend. Words could not express all that they felt for the bereaved parents, but they could be assured of the heartfelt sympathy of that church. During the service the hymns 'O God our help in ages past,' 'For all the Saints who from their labours rest,' 'Rest of the weary,' 'The light of life' (a favourite hymn of the deceased) and 'Jesu lover of my soul' were sung, and at the close the organist (Miss May Longbottom) played the 'Dead March' in 'Saul.'

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