George BAILEY

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BAILEY, George

Service Number: 2044
Enlisted: 12 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Home Town: Creswick, Hepburn, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 8 June 1917
Cemetery: Messines Ridge British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2044, 39th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2044, 39th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2044, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

George Bailey is simply reported as killed in action, without any detail. His brother Private Charles Bailey 37th Battalion also died of wounds on the same day, 8 June 1917.

Almost 100 years after his death, in 2014 Ballarat soldier Private George Bailey’s war medals were found buried in the backyard of a Creswick house. They were eventually returned to a grandson of George's brother.