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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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2nd Lieutenant Ernest Bailey

  • Age: 24
  • From: Ashton on Ribble
  • Regiment: 21st Bn Kings
  • Died on Saturday 28th October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Guards Cem Lesboeuf
    Panel Ref: XI.W.6
Ernest Bailey was born at Ashton near Preston in late 1892 the son of Samuel Bailey and his wife Bertha (nee Wilde) who married in Fylde in December 1880. Samuel was from Halifax whilst Bertha was originally from Chadderton. Ernest was baptised on 05/04/1897 at St Andrews Church, Ashton on Ribble. He had three brothers, Herbert, Samuel and Walter and one sister Ada.

The 1901 Census finds the family living at 8 Beech Grove, Ashton on Ribble. Ernest's father is shown as a Grocer/Tea dealer.

Ernest was educated at Hutton Grammar School.

By the time of the 1911 Census the family have moved. They are now living at 108 Hornby Road, Blackpool and Ernest, now 18 is shown as a Dental Student. His father died in 1915 aged 58. He was the founder of Samuel Bailey & Co. Tea and Coffee Merchants of Preston.   

Ernest was studying Dentistry at Victoria University, Manchester, where he was a member of the OTC from October 1913 - March 1915. He was in his last year of studies at the outbreak of war and in March 1915 he joined the Public Schools Battalion (Royal Fusiliers) with whom he served 9 months in France. He was then granted a Commission and was gazetted on 04th August 1916 and posted to the 21st Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment. He returned to the front on 7th September, in all probability attached to the 4th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment. He was killed in action on 28th October 1916 aged 24 and is buried at Guards Cemetery, LesBoeufs, France at XI.W.6 where he rests next to James Stewart of the 22nd Battalion KLR attached to the 4th Bn.

On 7th November 1916 the Lancashire Daily Post carried a report of him being reported missing and follwed this story up on 08th November 1916 with the sad news that Ernest had been killed. His personal effects were returned to his mother.

Ernest is commemorated on the following Memorials:

Blackpool Roll of Honour

Hutton Grammar School

Manchester University