No.34301, Private, Oscar BAILEY
Aged 19

1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Died of his Wounds on 6th October 1917

Oscar Bailey was born in 1898 in Sawley Green, Great Thurlow (3rd qtr 1898 Risbridge 4a:784) son of George and Jane Anna BAILEY(née CRICK). Baptised in Cowlinge on 18th September 1898.

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Sawley Green, Gt Thurlow with his father George BAILEY [46] horsekeeper on farm, born Stradishall; his mother Jane [47] born Brockley; brothers William [17] horsekeeper, Robert [12] helper in stockyard and Stanley [4]; sisters Violet [15], Tabitha [10] and Margie [8]. All the children were born in Great Thurlow.

1911 census...Aged 12, he was at Hall Farm, Chedburgh with his parents (father now farm bailiff); brothers William (horseman), Robert (labourer) and Stanley (cattleman); sister Maggie and niece Edie SAMS [6] born Cowlinge. All 9 siblings still survive.

On the pension card his mother was at Hall Farm Chedburgh.

His brother Robert was killed in France later in the year and is named on the Cambrai Memorial see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds. The medal card has him in the 4th Battalion, CWGC have 1st. The 4th Battalion never served overseas.
Nos.11, 37 and 41 Casualty Clearing stations used Godewaersvelde for burials. No service record found and dying of wounds there is no telling where or when he was wounded. The 1st East Surreys were along the Menin Road near Reutel Beek at the time

photo CWGC

Oscar Bailey is buried in Godewaersvelds British Cemetery, France 1:L:44

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