Ernest Bailey (c.1893-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Ernest Bailey

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BAILEY, F. Private. No 21915. 6th Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Born Crimble, Slaithwaite. 4.12.1893. Son of Mrs G.H. Bailey, 81 Longwood Gate, Longwood. Educated at Slaithwaite National School. Employed as a spinner by Messrs Taylor, Livesey and Company Limited, Paddock. Attended Paddock United Methodist Church and Sunday School. Enlisted 21.10.1915. Left for France on 2.2.1916. Killed in action, 17.4.1916, aged 23 years. Buried in TANCREZ FARM CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row A, Grave 6.
ROH:- Parkwood Methodist Church; St. Mark's Parish Church, Longwood.
His mother received the following letter from Sergeant A. B. Fleming of the same Regiment who said that Private Bailey was in a working party under the charge of Sergeant Fleming when he was shot by a sniper. ' He fell into my arms and I did all I possibly could for him but it was of no avail. He only lived two minutes. He did not suffer much and died in my arms. I know it is hard indeed for you to bear such a great loss but keep up your heart and rest contented for he died a hero's death doing his duty. He was liked by all who knew him and you have the sympathy of all the N.C.O's and men.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission