Thomas Francis BAILEY

BAILEY, Thomas Francis

Service Numbers: 1842, 7139
Enlisted: 27 October 1915, Enlisted at Perth, WA
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Cuttack, Orissa, India, 6 April 1879
Home Town: Wongan Hills, Wongan-Ballidu, Western Australia
Schooling: Nottingham High School, England
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Accidental - head injuries from being hit by a motor car, 1st Australian General Hosptial, Sutton Veny, United Kingdom, 6 July 2019, aged 140 years
Cemetery: Sutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Cemetery Reference 94,H, 1 Chaplain T. Harvey officiated Undertaker was Bell & Co of Sutton Veny Coffin was made of elm with brass fittings,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1842, Light Horse, Enlisted at Perth, WA
17 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 1842, 10th Light Horse Regiment
17 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 1842, 10th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Borda, Fremantle
28 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Bombardier
26 Mar 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Bombardier, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , In the field
3 Nov 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, 1842, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , Gassed, evacuated to England on 8 November 1917
30 Nov 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7139, 26th Infantry Battalion
2 Mar 1918: Embarked Private, 7139, 26th Infantry Battalion, SS Ormonde, Sydney
2 Mar 1918: Involvement Private, 7139, 26th Infantry Battalion
4 Mar 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, At Sutton Veny, England
2 Apr 1918: Promoted Sergeant, In England
3 Jun 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion
6 Jul 1919: Involvement Sergeant, 1842, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Arrived in Australia in 1906. Son of Rev. Thomas Bailey who was a Baptist Minister in Orissa, India. Also brother of Lydia Eleanor Bailey

Next of kin is listed as his brother Ernest Haigh Bailey of 'Lake Hines', Wongan Hills, WA

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Had previously served with the Light Horse (Calcutta, India) and Rangoon Volunteer Rifles (Burma)

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 6th July......Thomas Francis Bailey was born in 1879 at Cuttack, Orissa, India, the youngest son of the Rev. Thomas Francis Bailey, Baptist Minister in Orissa, India & his wife Lydia Bailey. He attended High School at Nottingham, England.

Thomas Francis Bailey arrived in Western Australia from England in February, 1907. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 20th October, 1915 as a 36 year old Farmer from Lake Hinds, Wongan Hills, Western Australia.

Private Bailey was taken on strength with 3rd Light Horse Reserve Regiment at Heliopolis (Cairo, Egypt) on 6th March, 1916. He was transferred to 4th Division Artillery on 1st April, 1916 at Heliopolis & promoted to Temporary Bombardier on 24th May, 1916.
Temporary Bombardier Bailey arrived in France on 13th June, 1916 & was promoted to Bombardier on 28th June, 1916. He was transferred to 1st Australian Div. Artillery on 26th June, 1917 & reverted to the rank of Gunner (at his own request) on 47th July, 1917.

Gunner Bailey was wounded - Gassed on 3rd November, 1917 in Belgium. Notification was sent to Thomas Bailey’s brother – Ernest Bailey advising him that Thomas had been admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital at Birmingham, England on 9th November with a gunshot wound to left hand – severe.

Gunner Bailey was given furlo after recovering & was posted to No. 1 Command Depot at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England on 2nd February, 1918. He was promoted to Temporary Corporal on 4th March, 1918 & was taken on as permanent Instructor to train newly arrived recruits from Australia.

Corporal Bailey was appointed Acting Sergeant on 2nd April, 1918 while at Sutton Veny. He was still with No. 1 Command Depot on 14th March, 1919.

Acting Sergeant of 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade was Mention in despatches 4th February, 1919.

Sergeant Thomas Francis Bailey was admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny on 6th July, 1919 at 1.20 a.m. He had been knocked over by a motor car about an hour earlier. He was haemorrhaging from both ears & had several deep punctures on his face which were bleeding freely.

Sergeant Thomas Francis Bailey died at 6 a.m. on 6th July, 1919 at the Military Hospital, Sutton Veny with injuries to his head. He was buried in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England where 140 other WW1 Australian Soldiers & 2 Australian Nurses are buried.
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