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Arthur Edward Henry BAILEY

Regimental number4488
Place of birthCarr's Creek, Grafton, New South Wales
SchoolCarr's Creek Public School and Nandabah Public School, New South Wales
OccupationDairy farmer
AddressGrafton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Naomi Ruth Bailey, Rappville, Grafton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 October 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 February 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGood scholar, winner of several medals at school, good all round athlete and a sterling christian.
FateKilled in Action 2 April 1918
Place of death or woundingDernancourt, France
Place of burialDernancourt Communal Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 7), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur John and Naomi Ruth BAILEY, Rappville, New South Wales

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in an attack on enemy Strong Point and trenches at GUEUDECOURT on the morning of 21st February, 1917. After the section leader had been wounded he assumed command and acted with pluck and initiative. In bombing operations along the trench he acted as first bayonet man for awhile whilst directing the bombs as well. He also displayed great energy and coolness in the subsequent consolidation of the position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 45th Bn, Zietoun, Egypt, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 July 1916 (harmoptysis); discharged to duty, 7 July 1916; rejoined unit, 8 July 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 2 February 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 3 March 1917.

Awarded Military Medal, 17 March 1917.

To be Corporal, 14 June 1917.

To be Temporary Sergeant, 14 June 1917.

To be Sergeant, 26 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 5 July 1917 (punctured wound, left forearm); admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 July 1917; transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 5 July 1917; to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimmereux, 5 July 1917; to 1st Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 23 July 1917; to No 3 Rest Camp, Boulogne, 3 August 1917; marched into 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 7 August 1917; marched out to unit, 7 October 1917; rejoined unit, 10 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 21 February 1918; rejoined unit, 9 March 1918.

Killed in action, Dernancourt, France, 2 April 1918 (a piece of shell struck him in the temple).

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAILEY Arthur Edward Henry

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