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BAILEY, Frederick George (1895-1983) – Worcestershire Regiment

PS-BAILEY%20Frederick%20George.jpgPrivate Frederick George Bailey (1895-1983) was born at Wickhamford, the second of four surviving sons of milkman, Joseph Richard, and his wife, Amy Lilian, who had been living on Longdon Hill, Wickhamford in 1891.  He attended Badsey Board School from 1898 until 1899 when the family left the village.   They moved to North Road, Bengeworth, where they were to be found at the time of the 1901 and 1911 census; Frederick was a market gardener’s labourer in 1911.  Frederick’s brothers, Thomas William Bailey and Victor James Bailey, also served in the war, the latter losing his life.

Frederick enlisted on 11th December 1915 and joined the 5th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (No 27174) on 29th January 1916.  He was moved to the 11th Battalion on 9th August 1916 and joined his unit in Salonika.  He spent the rest of the War in the Balkans and was demobilized on 26th September 1919, when in the 2nd Battalion.  He was issued with the Victory and British War medals.  He appears twice on the Absent Voters' List, being recorded as from both the parishes of Evesham St Lawrence and Evesham St Peter Bengeworth.