Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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29/12/2020 Estimated family: James Bailey, Margaret Bailey, David Bailey (born 9th August 1876, Clogher), James Bailey (born 7th March 1878, Pomeroy), William Bailey (born 14th January 1884, Clogher).
29/12/2020 Rifleman James Bailey was posthumously awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). His name appears on page 6036 of the London Gazette Supplement 31338, dated 13th May 1919.
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30/12/2015 Rifleman James Bailey died of wounds received in action on 2nd October 1918. He was 40 years old.
30/12/2015 James Bailie was born on 7th March 1878 in Clabby, County Fermanagh.
30/12/2015 The spelling of the surname varies between Bailey and Bailie throughout. It seems in civilian life it was spelt Bailie but in the Army it was spelt Bailey.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census records James J Bailie vas age 23, boarding at house 15 in Carlow Street, Woodvale Ward, Belfast. He was working as a gas fitter.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census records James Joseph Bailie as age 33, living alone at house 9 in Lawnview Street, Woodvale, Antrim. He was still working as a gas fitter.
30/12/2015 James Bailie enlisted in Belfast.
30/12/2015 The prefix 14/ on his army number implies that James Bailie originally enlisted as a Rifleman with the 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles, known as the Young Citizens Volunteers.
30/12/2015 James Joseph Bailey was the son of James and Margaret Bailey. There was a James Bailey who married Margaret Wallace on 6th January 1876 in Dungannon.
30/12/2015 His unit was disbanded in February 1918 after suffering heavy casualties and Rifleman James Bailey was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles.
30/12/2015 Rifleman James Bailey is buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery in Belgium.
30/12/2015 Most of the information here was derived from the book, 'Fivemiletown's Fallen'. Page 68 is devoted to Rifleman James Bailey.
30/12/2015 Rifleman Bailey arrived in France on 6th October 1915.
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