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Name: George Bailey

Born: 1898

Family Members: parents Thomas and Louisa Bailey

Battalion: 9th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment

Place of burial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

 

The battalion war diary says:

"About 3.a.m orders received that the Division on our right was going to attack Ginchy at 12 noon and that we were to attack ALE ALLEY from the N (North) and N.W. (North West) and so assist them. The bombing officer of the Brigade on our immediate right came to our H.Q. and said that he was going to attack the enemy barriers S (South) of HOP ALLEY. This was after the order had been received saying that 3 bombing squads would be sent to attack ALE ALLEY. This alteration at the last moment greatly upset things. We commanded the attack on ALE ALLEY at 12 noon and almost succeeded in taking it, but owing to the Brigade on our right being held up by machine gun fire, and thereby not being able to assist us. We were compelled to fall back to our original line. This attack was led in person by Lt.Col. H.V.M de la FOMTAINE who, unfortunately was wounded shortly after the attack commenced. Our own artillery did not assist us very much. Our heavy guns were throwing shells into our own trench instead of on ALE ALLEY, our stokes guns failed to fire anywhere near the enemy trenches and the T.M firing among smoke bombs stopped firing much too soon."

George Bailey was killed in action in the battle of Guillemont on the 03/09/1916. He has no known grave and so is remembered on Thiepval memorial, Pier and Face 6 B and 6 C in France.

 

Sources:

The National Archives references WO 95/22/15/1

www.Longlongtrail.co.uk

 

By Louis, Year 12