Herbert Bailey

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Fordingbridge
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 3/4114
Died: 9th April 1917, aged 28 years
Buried: Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt, France (Plot I, Row B, Grave 13)


Herbert was the fourth of 7 siblings born to George Edward and Ellen Bailey (nee Cox), who married in 1880.

The family lived in Fordingbridge until the turn of the century; one of their addresses in Southampton was 49 York Road in Freemantle.


George, a bricklayer, was born in Fordingbridge in 1852 and he died in Southampton in 1917.


Ellen was born in Lymington in 1855 and she passed away in the city in 1929.



Diana   b. 20 September 1880 Fordingbridge   d. 1950 Southampton   Married Alfred Kenchinton in Millbrook on 9 November 1902.

Walter James   b. 4 December 1884 Fordingbridge   d. 1957 Bournemouth   Married Elizabeth Adams in Shirley in 1906.

William Henry   b. 1886 Fordingbridge   d. 49 York Road 1940


Peter CHARLES   b. 1891 Fordingbridge   d. 3 July 1916 Iraq   Married in Southampton in 1911.

Charles was a Driver (#17872) in the Royal Engineers, part of the 21st Coy. in the 3rd Sappers & Miners Regiment. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery (XI.A.2).

Hilda KATE   b. 17 April 1893 Fordingbridge   d. 1967 Totton   Married Tom Moore in Southampton in 1925.

Gertrude Lilian   b. 28 February 1900 Southampton   d. 1973 Southampton



The 1st Hampshires landed at Le Havre on 23 August 1914, arriving in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.

During the rest of 1914, the battalion fought at the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and at the Battle of Messines.


In 1915 they fought at the Second Battle of Ypres and in 1916 moved south, to fight in the Battles of the Somme.


In 1917 the battalion fought at Arras and saw action during the First and Third Battles of the Scarpe.


They moved north once again, for the Third Battle of Ypres in the spring of 1917 and it was during this major battle that Herbert lost his life.


The village was just within British lines before the Battle of Arras and the 34th Division advanced from there on 9 April 1917.


He was originally buried on the battlefield and was moved to Roclincourt Cemetery after the Armistice.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22nd November 2016


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