James Bailey (c.1888-1917)

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.

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, JAMES. Gunner. No 173943. 'A' Battery, 45th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr and Mrs Albert Bailey, St. George's Road, Scholes, Holmfirth. Married 1915. Lived at Totties. Worked as a weaver for Messrs Kaye and Stewart of Lockwood. Educated at Hepworth Church School and was a scholar and teacher at Scholes Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Enlisted 1916. Killed by a shell at Ypres, Belgium, 15.8.1917, aged 29 years. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, YPRES. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row E, Grave 22.
ROH:- Hepworth and Scholes; Hepworth Church.
A letter was received by the widow from a comrade of Gunner Bailey telling her of his death:- 'It is with the deepest sympathy I have to write to tell you that your husband was killed on the 15th August. He did not suffer I can tell you. I found him one of the very best of pals and he was already to cheer us up. I cannot tell you how sorry I am for I have lost a good friend. I hope you do not take it to heart as he always did his best.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission