George Maxwell BAILEY

BAILEY, George Maxwell

Service Numbers: 1362, V370537
Enlisted: 31 August 1915, 1st Reinforcements. Melbourne, Victoria.
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cudgewa, Victoria , 2 August 1893
Home Town: Cudgewa, Towong, Victoria
Schooling: Cudgewa State School
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: 18 February 1979, aged 85 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
New Lawn Area Wall Niches, FA-NLAB*N*4**47.
Memorials: Cudgewa War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1362, 29th Infantry Battalion, 1st Reinforcements. Melbourne, Victoria.
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1362, 29th Infantry Battalion
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1362, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1362, 29th Infantry Battalion, Wounded in action - GSW leg.
2 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 29th Infantry Battalion
3 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 29th Infantry Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 29th Infantry Battalion
5 Oct 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 58th Infantry Battalion
22 Nov 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 5th Infantry Battalion
30 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1362, 5th Infantry Battalion, Embarked for return to Australia per HT Karoa 28-03-1919. Arrived Melbourne 08-05-1919.

World War 2 Service

31 Oct 1945: Discharged Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2), SN V370537, Lieutenant. 18th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps.

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

The Embarkation Roll incorrectly records George as “George Coxwell Bailey”.

George embarked with his elder brother, Guy Leslie Bailey, (/explore/people/193532) aboard the Ascanius from Melbourne on 10-11-1915. In 1917, Guy wrote home to their parents, the following being published in the Corryong Courier on the 15th March:—

“You will be very pleased to hear that George and I have made names for ourselves in a small way. In our orders a few days ago there was a paragraph which read:—“The C O. specially commends the following men for devotion to duty in acting as runners.—Ptes. Senior, Oakman, Bailey, G.M., Bailey, G.L. These men kept up communication under heavy enemy artillery fire, and never failed to bring in their despatches.” It sounds all right; doesn’t it. Geo. and I were detailed for runners the last time we went in, and had to carry despatches, etc., overland for nearly half a mile and back every two hours during darkness, and I can tell you that between shells and machine guns we had some thrills and narrow squeaks. We had a good deep dug-out, and we would just crawl into our pozies and sleep till night again.”

Both George and his brother are remembered on the Cudgewa, Tintaldra and Wabba War Memorial located at Cudgewa, Victoria.

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