George ERNEST Bailey

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd (“Z” Coy.)
Rank / Service No: Private, 8591
Died: 6th August 1915, aged 25 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


Ernest was the third of 4 known siblings born to George and Ann Bailey (nee Hood), who married in Southampton in 1879.

From the dates of birth of the siblings, it is assumed that there may have been other children.


George was born in Dublin in 1855 and Ann in Burslem, near Stoke in 1855.

George was alive in 1911 but it is not known when he died. Ann passed away in Southampton in 1937.



Florence   b. 1880 Southampton   d. ??

Charles   b. 1883 Southampton   d. ??


Lancelot Cyril   b. 1895 Southampton   d. 1966 Southampton   Married Rebecca F. Brady in Southampton in 1921.



Ernest was not in the UK at the time of the 1911 Census. He was on a vessel rounding the Cape of Good Hope, on its way to India, with the rest of the 2nd Hampshires.

The Battalion only had 8 months in India before WW1 broke out. 900 men boarded the Gloucester Castle on 16 November 1914, bound for Plymouth.


They reached the UK on 22 December and relocated to Romsey, where they were attached to the 29th Division and the 88th Brigade.


The Battalion received a further 200 men in early 1915 and were originally bound for France. However, a change of plan involved the whole Division embarking for Gallipoli on March 12th 1915.


In late April, the Division landed at Cape Helles ready for action against the Turks.


The main fighting at the time of Ernest’s death was during the attempted landings at Suvla Bay, but the 29th Division were land-based at that time.


Ernest almost certainly perished during skirmishes around Helles.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22nd November 2016


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