Alfred James Bailey

Name

Alfred James Bailey

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

02/04/1918
26

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Serjeant
R/13779
King's Royal Rifle Corps
12th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

POZIERES MEMORIAL
Panel 61 to 64.
France

UK Memorials

Watford Borough Roll of Honour,
St Michael and All Angels Church Memorial, Watford,
Not on the Hertford memorials

Pre War

Born in 1892 in Hertford son of Mrs. Martha Elizabeth (nee Parsons) Bailey later living in 29 Benskin Road, Watford, Herts.

His parents married 3 August 1891 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts.  Thomas died 1940 in Watford aged 76, and was buried 17 October in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Martha died 1951 in Watford aged 79, and was buried 29 March, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.

Alfred was born 29 November 1894 in Bushey, Herts, and baptised 11 January 1895 at St James’, Bushey.  He attended Watford Fields School; then Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 27 November 1906 to 30 November 1908.

On the 1901 Census, aged 6 he lived in Bushey, with his parents and three siblings.  On the 1911 Census, aged 16 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in London 3 June 1915 for the Duration of the War: a labourer aged 21, 5’7″ tall, of Watford.  He was promoted to Corporal 26 November 1915, and to Sergeant 20 March 1916.  He was transported to England 13 October 1916 on H.S. Canberra and was in the Hospital, Rainhill, Lancs, 14 October to 14 November 1916 with a gun shot wound below the left eye.  He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was killed in action between 21 March and 2 April 1918.

Additional Information

There is an article about and a Death announcement for Alfred in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 4 May 1918.

His brother Thomas died 20 September 1917 and also features on Watford Borough Roll of Honour.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Sue Carter (Research) and Watford Museum (ROH on line via www.ourwatfordhistory.org.uk)