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Isaac & Harry Bailey

Isaac Bailey and his brother, Harry Bailey were local residents who died during WWI.

Both enlisted not long after the war was declared and after a period of training, both were despatched to France, Harry arriving on 26 February 1915 and Ike two months later, on 24 April.

 

Harry, the younger man, had joined the Royal Field Artillery and Ike the Bedfordshire Regiment. Harry was awarded a military medal for bravery and promoted to corporal.  Both men were killed in 1917, only three months apart, Harry on 10 January and Ike on 15 April.

 

It must have been devastating for the family, especially their mother Harriet who had been widowed in 1905.

 

We have been fortunate that two of their great nieces have been willing to share some of the family photos and mementoes of Harry and Ike.

IKE and HARRY BAILEY in 1909 at Harpers Gate Barn which belonged to Farmer Cumberledge

Both men were killed in 1917, only three months apart, Harry on 10 January and Ike on 15 April.…

Isaac (Ike) Bailey who died in WW1 - 2nd from right back row

Isaac (Ike) Bailey who died in WW1 – 2nd from right back row.

Isaac (Ike) Bailey who died in WW1

Another photo of Ike in uniform.

Isaac (Ike) Bailey who died in WW1 - from Ike to Granny Bailey?

A Christmas greeting card Ike sent to his grandmother.

Harry Bailey's purse

Isaac’s brother, Harry Bailey’s purse.  It was recovered after Harry’s death.

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a photo of Harry Bailey, found in Harry’s purse.

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A photo of Isaac Bailey, found in Harry’s purse.

Marching Order Instruction - Harry Bailey

Marching Order Instruction – Harry Bailey

Memorial to bells ringers, Harry and Isaac Bailey in Leek Deanery Magazine

Ike and Harry had been bell-ringers in the church prior to the war and as well as being commemorated on the war memorial they are remembered on an oak tablet in the church.   This report appeared in a Leek Deanery Magazine in 1920.

Harry Bailey's Medals - victory medal

Harry Bailey’s Medals – victory medal

Harry Bailey's Medals - war medal

Harry Bailey’s Medals – war medal

Royal Field Artillery Gun  Found in Harry Bailey's purse.

Field Artillery Gun Found in Harry Bailey’s purse.

Recommendation of Harry Bailey for Military Medal, May 1916

The letter Harry received when he was a awarded a Military Medal.

Hotel Rudyard  Found in Harry Bailey's purse.

a photo of Hotel Rudyard, found in Harry’s purse.

Rudyard Village  Found in Harry Bailey's purse.

Rudyard Village Found in Harry Bailey’s purse.

Leek United Football Team 1908-9  Found in Harry Bailey's purse.

Leek United Football Team 1908-9 Found in Harry Bailey’s purse.

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