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Regimental number2562
Place of birthKyneton, Victoria
Address57 Tooronga Road, East Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10.25"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, Samuel Bailey, 57 Tooronga Road, East Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For exceptionally courageous work rescuing wounded men under heavy shrapnel and high explosive fire, having to carry the men 800 yards.
Recommendation date: 28 February 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 21 July 1915. Taken on strength, 5th Field Ambulance, 5 August 1916.
FateKilled in Action 24 April 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Place of burialVaulx Hill Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'On the 27th February 1917 at about 12-30 p.m. word was received at LE SARS A.D.S. that two men were lying wounded in an exposed position on the BAPAUME ROAD. Sergeant I. LING, Lance Corporal A. BAILEY, Private C. CATT and Private A. COE at once proceeded to locate these men. This was accomplished after a most dangerous and difficult search at about 800 yards from LE SARS A.D.S., two men of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion, attached to the V 2 A.T.M. Battery being found. No 361 bomber DODD H. was lying on the side of the road with shell wound in left thigh, and No. 316 Private BARTLEY R. was lying in a cellar, into which he had apparently fallen with a fractured skull and unconsciousness. First Aid was rendered, and through heavy shell fire, (both Shrapnel and High Explosive) the patients were conveyed to the R.A.P., the distance of carrying being 800 yards. Both on the forward and return journey several narrow escapes were experienced by the party. Major CHAPMAN the Officer i/c of the forward A.D.S's, further reports that this squad behaved in an exceptionally cool and courageous manner during the recent operations. I therefore wish to recommend these men for immediate reward, for untiring and conspicuous devotion to duty, and setting a fine example to those around them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1081 Pte Frank BAILEY, 5th Bn, died of wounds, 27 April 1915; 2905 Lance Corporal Samuel BAILEY, 5th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 12 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted and proceeded to join 58th Bn, Zeitoun, 23 February 1916; taken on strength, 58th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 15 March 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 23 March 1916 (circumscision); transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 24 March 1916 (phemosis); discharged to duty, 25 March 1916; rejoined unit, Tel-el-Kebir, 25 March 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 15 April 1916 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 20 April 1916; rejoined unit, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 25 April 1916 (phebitis); discharged, 13 May 1916 (septic foot); rejoined unit, 13 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Transferred to 5th Field Ambulance, 5 August 1916; taken on strength, 11 August 1916.

Killed in action, 24 April 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAILEY Arthur

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