Private George Arthur Bailey, 3133

  • Batt - 1/5
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 1889
  • Died - 14/10/1915
  • Age - 26

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of John Bailey a boot maker, born 1865 in Leicester (son of Joseph Bailey, 1827-1898 and Milicent Catling, 1841) and his wife Mary Agnes Bailey (nee Lewin, married on the 6th September 1885 in St. Mark’s Church, Leicester), born on the 1st November 1864 in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire (daughter of Samuel Lewin, 1811). George Arthur, was born in the April quarter of 1899 in Leicester, his siblings were Henry Alfred, a schoolboy, born on the 11th March 1886 and baptised on the 6th June 1886 in St. Matthew’s Church, Leicester and Joseph Cecil, born in the January quarter of 1891, the latter two siblings were both born in Leicester, in April 1891 the family home was at 55, Waring Street, Leicester. In March 1901 George was residing in the family home at Station Road, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire together with his father, a shoe maker, his mother and siblings, Joseph, Samuel Herbert, born on the 19th December 1892, Lily May, born on the 8th June 1895 and Francis William, born on the 28th January 1898, the latter three siblings were all born in Leicester and John Thomas, born on the 3rd November 1900 in Earl Shilton. In April 1911 George was employed as a boot and shoe trade packer and was residing in the family home at 1, Station Road, Earl Shilton, together with his father, a boot and shoe trade finisher, his mother and siblings, Henry, a boot and shoe trade packer, Joseph, a boot and shoe trade packer, Samuel, a boot and shoe trade packer, Lily, a hosiery trade worker, Francis, a schoolboy, John, a schoolboy and Albert Vincent, a schoolboy, born on the 13th February 1905 in Earl Shilton. His brother Joseph Cecil died on the 24th September 1918, from wounds received in action.
George’s army service enlistment documents do not survive, therefore the currently available information pertaining to his military service has been obtained from the following sources: - 1921 HMSO Publication, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 - 1919, WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Registers.
Enlisted/Attested. In Hinckley, Leicestershire.
Allotted. Service number. 3133.
Posted. Leicestershire Regiment. Private.
First entered the theatre of war in. France.
Joined. 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. In the Field.
Died of wounds. In No.1. Casualty Clearing Station. 14th October 1915.
Buried in. Chocques Military Cemetery, France, with the headstone inscription; “With Memories of Sweet Happy Bygone Days.”
Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
On the 20th March 1919 George’s mother was awarded a weekly Army Pension of ten shillings for life, to commence on the 8th April 1919.
The War Diary records: 13 Oct-15 - At 6.00 am Battalion in place in RESERVE trench. At 12.00 noon bombardment of enemy trench FOSSE 8 commenced. At 1.00 pm smoke and gas turned on until 1.50 pm. At 2.00 pm assault. 5th Battalion LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT and 4th Battalion LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT advanced in lines of platoon at 50 paces distance against HOHENZOLLERN REDOUBT. 4th Battalion LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT attacked from 2nd line followed by the MONMOUTHSHIRE REGIMENT. REDOUBT captured but lines checked and stopped by Machine Gun fire from MAD POINT, MADAGASCAR, and SOUTH FACE, also heavy rifle fire FOSSE and DUMP TRENCH. First two lines as almost all Company officers became casualties. REDOUBT and half of NORTH FACE was held – LITTLE WILLIE and BIG WILLIE still in enemy hands. At 3.00 pm “B” Company sent up to reinforce centre and left of REDOUBT followed by “A” and part of “D” Companies. Machine Guns in position along original front line now held by “C” Company and parts of other regiments. Considerable progress made along LITTLE WILLIE by grenade party under Lieutenant C. H. F. WOLLASTON. Ground lost again owing to lack of grenades. At 5.30 pm ground now held consisted of front face of REDOUBT and up to LITTLE WILLIE and point 60. Remainder of REDOUBT untenable by either side. 138th Brigade relieved gradually by 139th Brigade. 138th Brigade hold original front-line trench. Many of “A” and “B” Companies still remained in the REDOUBT during the whole of next day.
The War Diary records: 14 Oct-15 - No main counter attack, but considerable grenade attacks on point 60 and LITTLE WILLIE. Ground held all along the line. During the day Battalion continued to supply grenadiers and carrying parties for the REDOUBT. Enemy shelled with lacrymatory shells and other high explosive during the afternoon. At 11.30pm Battalion relieved by 139th Brigade and proceeded to LANCASHIRE TRENCH.
On Tuesday, November 2nd, 1915 The Leicester Daily Post published the following article under the heading. “LEICESTERSHIRE AND THE WAR.” – THE ROLL OF HONOUR – Mr. and Mrs. J. Bailey, 1, Station-road, Earl Shilton, have received intimation from the War Office that their son, ARTHUR BAILEY, died of wounds received in the field, October 14th. He belonged to the First 5th Leicester Regiment, and was 27 years of age.

Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project.
AG Bailey on the War Memorial in Earl Shilton is likely to be George Arthur Bailey, brother of Joseph Cecil Bailey.

His photograph was sent in by M. Hall in 2016

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - DIED OF WOUNDS
  • Burial Commemoration - Chocques Mil. Cem., France
  • Born - Leicester
  • Enlisted - Hinckley, Leicestershire
  • Place of Residence - 1 Station Road, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, England

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