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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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Pte 50181 David Bagley

  • Age: 39
  • From: Smethwick
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Friday 3rd August 1917
  • Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
David Bagley was born 4 June 1878 at 107 Oldbury Road, Harborne, Staffordshire to Coalport born time keeper, Levi Bagley and his wife Sarah Ann (nee Humphreys) who married 27 September 1875 in Old Swinford, Worcester. They had 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls with David being their 2nd child. His younger sister, the fifth child, Mary Ann died aged 3 in 1890. Sarah Ann was born during April 1855 in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England and died during December 1918 at 12 Victoria St West, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England.
On 6 January 1890 David's Father Levi of 18 Hawthorne Street, West Smethwick enrolled David aged 11 at Smethwick Central School, he left on 12 June 1891 just after his 13th Birthday. 
The April 1891 Census shows 12 year old scholar David with his parents and siblings still living at 18 Hawthorne St. West Smethwick. 
The 1901 Census shows 22 year old David as a Clerk in a Glass Works still living at 18 Hawthorne Street with his parents.
On 1st February 1908 at St Paul's Church Smethwick, David marries Dudley born coalminers daughter Amy May Yorke. Amy May Yorke was born on 16th December 1878 at 23 Hill Street, Kates Hill, Dudley, Worcestershire, England and died 21st April 1965 in Sandwell Nursing Home, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.
The 1911 Census shows David aged 32 as a Commercial Clerk at a Glass Manufacturers living with wife Amy at 36 Earl's Court Rd, Harborne. 
In 1916 David possibly enlisted after conscription in Smethwick and was posted to 19th (Pals) Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 50181. 
He was sent to Flanders with the 19th King's.
"19th King's with the 2nd Bedfords moved from Canal Reserve Camp at 6.30 a.m.on 31st July 1917 to Chateau Segard, thence to the Promenade south of Zillebeke Lake at 10 a.m. and the two Battalions were to attack the enemy at  4 p.m. The King's moved forward to Maple Copse but shortly afterwards the attack was cancelled. At this time the whole area was being heavily shelled and the Btn took cover in shell holes. At 4 a.m. on 1st August, the 19th had established communication with Battalions on both flanks the enemy's shell fire was intense and the weather conditions abominable, what the Boche guns failed to destroy, the rain demolished. The following day 2nd August showed no improvement, rain fell in torrents and the enemy's artillery continued to be very active. The 3rd August was a replica of the previous two days. That night of the 3rd August the Middlesex Regt took over the line and the tired 19th moved back to Chateau Segard and then Ottawa Camp.

Roll Call on the 4th August 1917 revealed the full extent of the 19th losses 
11 other Ranks Killed. 
4 Officers and 101 other Ranks wounded
16 other Ranks were Missing "
David aged 39 was presumably one of those, since his body was never found.
He is Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at  Ypres, Belgium. 
His widow Amy, was sent his Army pay owing of 3 Shillings and 8 pence on 10 November 1917 and same amount again on 30 November 1917. An additional amount of £2: 10 Shillings was sent on 10 January 1918. Amy May moved back to live with her parents at 53 Barker St, Rood End, Oldbury, Worcestershire, England following David's death.
A War Gratuity was awarded of £3 and sent on 25 November 1919.
Amy was also was awarded a Pension from 8 February 1918 to her address at 53 Barker Street, Oldbury near Birmingham. She never remarried.