Francis John BAILEY MM

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BAILEY, Francis John

Service Number: 4157
Enlisted: 14 August 1915, Enlisted at West Maitland, NSW
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Chapel End, Scherstone, Warwickshire, England, 1894
Home Town: Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Galley Common Council School, England
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds - abdomen received at Villers-Bretonneux, France, 1 June 1918
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Plot 11, Row E, Grave 26 Headstone inscription reads: Until we meet
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4157, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Enlisted at West Maitland, NSW
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 4157, 1st Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 4157, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
22 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 5th Pioneer Battalion, In the field. originally appointed on 5 July 1916 but reverted back to Private before being re-appointed L/Cpl
3 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 5th Pioneer Battalion, In the field
22 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 5th Pioneer Battalion, In the field
17 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 5th Pioneer Battalion, In the field
20 Nov 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Polygon Wood, Citation reads: 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
1 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4157, 5th Pioneer Battalion, At Villers-Bretonneux. Shell wounds to the abdomen
1 Jun 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 4157, 5th Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Arrived in Australia aged 20 years

Son of Francis and Ann Bailey of Plough Road, Chapel End, Warwickshire, England

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal