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William BAILEY

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Surname: BAILEY

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Mellor, Lancashire

Service No: 14285

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'Z' Coy 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1915-10-19

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: A. XVI. 1.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Additional Information:

William Bailey was the son of James and Lucy Bailey, née Smithies. James was born at Goosnargh and Lucy at Dutton, Lancashire.

1891 Longridge, Lancashire Census: Norcrosses Farm - William Bailey, aged 5 years, born Mellor, Lancashire, son of James and Lucy Bailey.

1901 Longridge, Lancashire Census: Norcross Farm - William Bailey, aged 15 years, born Mellor, Lancashire, son of James and Lucy Bailey.

William was married to Sarah Pickup in 1909.

1911 East Marton, Yorkshire Census: Church Lane - William Bailey, aged 26 years, born Mellor, Lancashire, husband of Sarah Bailey.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Bailey, 14285, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 17.9.15. Died 19.10.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Bailey, 14285, 8 W. Rid. R. Died 19.10.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Bailey, 14285, 8/W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 19.10.15. Malta (Dysentery). To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow Sole Legatee - Sarah. £5 15s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Sarah, born 15.11.76. Address: Church Cottage, East Marton, Skipton.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BAILEY, W., [West Marton], aged 29, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, died in hospital in Malta Oct. 19, 1915.


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Private William BAILEY

Private William BAILEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: BAILEY

Forename(s): William

Born: Mellor, Lancs

Residence: Skipton, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 14285

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 19/10/15

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Mediterranean


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Surname: BAILEY

Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 14285

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 29


Died Date: 19/10/1915

Additional Information: Son of James and Lucy Bailey, of Elswick Farm, Mellor; husband of Sarah Bailey, of Church Cottage, East Marton, Skipton, Yorks.

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


BAILEY William of Church-lane East Marton near Skipton Yorkshire private Duke of Wellington's West Riding regiment died 19 October 1915 at St. George's Hospital Malta on active service Administration London 18 May to Sarah Bailey widow Effects £62 18s. 4d.

DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Two

BAILEY, WILLIAM, Private, No. 14285, 8th (Service) Battn. The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), yst. s. of the late James Bailey, by his wife, Lucy, dau. of John Smithies; b. Elwick Farm, Mellor, co. Lancaster, 28 Feb. 1886; educ. Alston Lane Roman Catholic School; was employed as an Estate Drainer; enlisted 14 Oct. 1914; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Dardanelles from 7 Sept. 1915, and died in St. George's Hospital, Malta, 19 Oct. following dysentery contracted while on active service at Suvla Bay. Buried in Pieta Cemetery, Valetta. He m. at St.Luke's Church, Brierfield, 8 Sept. 1909, Sarah, yst. dau. of Ormerod Pickup; s.p.

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05 November 1915


The little village of West Marton, near Skipton, is mourning the death of one of its brave sons, Pte. W. Bailey, of the 8th Duke of Wellington's Regiment, who died at Malta October 19th, as the result of dysentery, aged 20 years. The deceased, a married man, was, prior to enlistment, a worker on the Gledstone estate of Lieut. Col. Roundell, and was much respected by all who knew him. His one desire was to fight against the Germans, and he tried three times before he succeeded in becoming one of Briton's sons serving at the Front.

Writing on September 20th, Pte. Bailey informed his wife that he was "in the pink", and added that "Steve Demain's lad" from Barnoldswick had been wounded two or three weeks previously. He had not seen or heard anything of the two footmen from Gledstone who joined the same battalion last August. On Friday, October 1st, Pte. Bailey wrote: "Last night my pal and I went water hunting. We managed to get our bottles filled, but it wasn't such clean water, though it went down all right. The Turks are just now shelling one of our Airships, but they are poor shots. I came across a man I knew the other night - Edgar Spencer. He worked for Edward Aldersley at Coates Farm, and at Swinden Hall. He is in our Company. A man in our Company was killed the other night by a shell. He belonged to Earby, and his name is Smith."
Pte. Bailey (14285) belonged to Z Company, 16th Platoon, 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, and he was attached to the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He was a member of the Loyal Earl of Thanet Lodge of Oddfellows, Skipton. We offer our sincere sympathy to the sorrowing widow.

12 November 1915

MARTON - Memorial Service

A large congregation attended the memorial service at the Parish Church in respect of Private W. Bailey, who died in Malta of dysentery contracted in Gallipoli. In the course of the sermon the Rev. G. H. East appropriately alluded to Mr. Bailey's noble self-sacrifice in offering his services to his King and Country, also to the cheerful and straightforward manner in which he undertook anything which came to hand. The 'Dead March' in 'Saul' was played at the conclusion of the evening service by Mr. Burgess.

20 October 1916

BAILEY - In loving memory of Private William Bailey, East Marton (W.R.R.) Died in St. George's Hospital, Malta, October 19, 1915

He left his home in the flower of youth,
He looked so strong and brave;
We little thought how soon he'd be
Laid in a Hero's Grave.
We often sit and think of him
And think of how he died;
It seemed so hard for us to part
And never say Good-bye.

Ever remembered by his sorrowing Wife, Mother and Sisters.

18 October 1918

BAILEY - In loving memory of Private William Bailey, Duke of Wellington's W.R. Regiment, died October 19th, 1915, at St. George's Hospital, Malta.

We pictured his safe returning,
We longed to clasp his hand;
But God has postponed the meeting
Till we meet in the better land.

From his sorrowing Wife and Sisters, Church Cottage, East Marton-in-Craven.

17 October 1919

BAILEY - In loving memory of Pte. W. Bailey, Duke of Wellington's, died October 19th, 1915, St. George's Hospital, Malta.

"When the day breaks and the shadows flee away."

From his loving wife, Church Cottage, East Marton.

15 October 1920

BAILEY - In treasured memory of my dear husband, Pte. W. Bailey, W.R.R., died October 19th, at St. George's Hospital, Malta.

Church Cottage, East Marton.

21 October 1921

BAILEY - In loving memory of Pte. William Bailey (W.R.R.), died October 19th, 1917, at St. George's Hospital, Malta.


From his Wife, Church Cottage, East Marton.

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24 December 1915


Pte. W. Bailey, 8th Duke of Wellington's Regiment, died in hospital in Malta, aged 29 years. Died October 19th 1915. Prior to enlistment was employed on the Gledstone Estate.

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