Arthur Edward Henry BAILEY MM


BAILEY, Arthur Edward Henry

Service Numbers: 4488, 4488A
Enlisted: 24 September 1915, Place of enlistment - Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, 14 December 1894
Home Town: Rappville, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Carr's Creek Public School &
Occupation: Dairy farmer
Died: Struck in temple by shell fragment, death was instantaneous, Dernacourt, France, 2 April 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 1, Row A, Grave 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino and District Memorial Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Rappville Wyan School & District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4488, 1st Infantry Battalion, Place of enlistment - Holsworthy, New South Wales
15 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4488, 1st Infantry Battalion, Embarked on RMS Osterley from Sydney on 15th January 1916
6 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
2 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
17 Mar 1917: Honoured 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
14 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Promoted to Temporary Corporal 3rd March 1917
26 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Promoted to Temporary Sergeant 14th June 1917
5 Jul 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4488, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Punctured wound left forearm
2 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4488A, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Dernancourt/Ancre

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"...4488A Corporal Arthur Edward Henry Bailey of Rappville, NSW. Cpl Bailey enlisted in the AIF in August 1915, and served on the Western Front with the 45th Battalion. He was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for his actions during an attack on a German strong point at Geudecourt on the morning of 21 March 1917, and was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) in June 1917. Sgt Bailey was killed in action when he was struck by a piece of shell during the second Battle of Dernancourt on 2 April 1918, age 23." - SOURCE (