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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 235213 Joseph Bailey


  • Age: 38
  • From: Burnley, Lancs
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 24th July 1917
  • Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6
Joseph was born in the June quarter of 1879 at 21 Heap Street, Burnley to Yorkshire born Cotton Weaver John Bailey and Lancashire born Elizabeth (nee Riding) who  married in Burnley on 4 July 1878. They had 6 sons, Joseph was their first born, he was baptised at St Andrews, Burnley on 3 August 1879.

1881 Census shows him aged 1 at 21 Heap Street Burnley

1891 Census shows him as a Scholar aged 11 at 1 Shackleton Street Burnley 

1901 Census shows him as a Cotton Weaver aged 21 at 61 Thursby Rd Burnley

In the September quarter of 1905 he marries Standish born Mary Jane Riding.

1911 Census shows him as a Cotton Weaver with Mary at 42 Colbran Street Burnley 
 
In November 1915, he enlists as Pte 6768 into the Yorkshire Regt. He is transferred to the 19th  (Pals) Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 235213 and on 9 June 1917 sent to Flanders. After 6 weeks there he spends his last 2 weeks in the Front line Trenches bfore he was killed in action near Ypres on 24 July 1917. His body was not recovered and he is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.  
 
4 of his 5 brothers also enlisted as follows;
 
Arthur with the R F A
William with the Welsh Fusiliers 
Frank with the R A M C
John with the Pioneers linked to the Cheshires
 
A memorial notice about him as a Sidesman put in Burnley paper noting of his Death:

ST ANDREW'S SIDESMAN

Killed After Only Two Days In The Trenches

The death in action is officially reported of Private Joseph Bailey of the King's Liverpool Regiment. son of Mr and Mrs Bailey of Thursby Road, Burnley. He was a sidesman of St Andrew's Church, and was held in high esteem by all with whom he came in contact. Private Bailey, who was 38 years of age and married, attested in November 1915 and joined up on September 9th last, going out on the June 09th. He had only been two days in the trenches when he was killed on July 24th. Four brothers are serving -  Arthur in the R.F.A., William in the Welsh Fusiliers, Frank in the RAMC, and John in the Pioneers connected with the Cheshires. Much sympathy is felt for his widow and parents in their loss.

[Sidesman - A church warden's assistant]

 
 
His Widow Mary Jane of 6 Thursby Road Burnley received his Army Pay of £4:3s:5d on 14 November 1917. A War Gratuity of £3 was also sent on 6 November 1919.She moved to 42 Gardner Rd Prestwich Manchester.

His brothers survived the War