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Francis John BAILEY

Regimental number4157
Place of birthChapel End, nr Scherstone, Warwickshire, England
SchoolCouncil School, Galley Common, England
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Francis Bailey, Shop Plough, Chapelend, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 1 June 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Date of death1 June 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialCrouy British Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave 26), Crouy-Sur-Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Ann BAILEY, Plough Road, Chapel End, near Atherstone, Warwickshire

Military Medal

'On 12th October, 1917, at WESTHOEK, east of YPRES, Sergeant BAILEY was in charge of a trucking party taking material forward. This vicinity was periodically heavily shelled by the enemy and this tended to disorganise the work. Sergeant BAILEY, by his energy and coolness under trying conditions, kept his men at work and he was mainly responsible for a regular supply of material being kept forward. He was in charge of similar trucking parties on 13th and 14th October, 1917. This N.C.O. also displayed great coolness with a reconnoitring party on 26th September, 1917, near POLYGON WOOD, east of YPRES. He penetrated an enemy barrage and obtained valuable information.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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