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5376   Sergeant Robert Bailey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 379th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/06/1881
Died: 25/09/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 36
Robert Bailey was the son of Thomas and Sarah Bailey. He was born on 15th June 1881 in Glenrue, Aughnacloy. By 1901 the family had moved to Belfast. Robert Bailey served in the South African War around the turn of the century. Robert married in Belfast in 1905. Robert and Annie Bailey had at least three children. Prior to the war, Robert Bailey worked for printers W & G Baird. Sergeant Bailey served with the 379th Siege Battalion of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Sergeant Bailey was badly wounded on the afternoon of the 25th September 1917. He passed away at about 6:45pm that evening. Robert was 36 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery
Grave Ref: Grave XXIV-G-9
CWGC Casualty 649389
Gaza is 3 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast, 65 kilometres south-west of Tel Aviv. From Israel stop at the Erez Crossing point and enter the VIP cabin for a pass to enter Gaza. Walk through "no man's land" to the taxis on the other side. Gaza War Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres north-east of the city near the Bureir Road and 370 metres from the railway station. The Cemetery is approximately 8 kilometres to the left of the main dual carriageway, Highway 250 through Gaza, and is about 200 metres back from the road through an avenue of trees. Alternatively, turn left off the highway after 4 kilometres, continuing with Highway 4 until Sha'arei Aza junction and turn right, then turn right into Gaza proper, heading back towards the border. In this direction the cemetery will be found on the right hand side after approximately 3 kilometres.
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1 1901 Census lists Bailey family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 17 in Cherryville, Ormeau, Belfast, Co Down
2 1911 Census lists Bailey family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 17 in Cherryville Street, Ormeau, Belfast, Co Down
3 1911 Census lists Bailey family Does not list Robert as living with his wife and family at house 64 in Mount Street, Ormeau, Belfast, Co Down
4 Belfast Forum Photo of Robert Bailey's children and more information
5 Facebook - Aughnacloy Details of Sergeant Robert Bailey
6 Lennox Wylie website Huge amount of information on Robert Bailey including photos and images
7 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
8 North Down & Ards War Dead Details of Sergeant Robert Bailey
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023