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Private John T Bailey

23395 'C' Company 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment
Stretcher Bearer

Grandson of Mr Frederick Sharp
Memorial card (outer) Pte John Bailey
Private John Bailey

Aged 21 years

Died 21st March 1918

Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial
Panel 54 to 56

Born and enlisted at card
The Wellingborough News Friday 1 March 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldiers in the Big Fight
We regret to learn that Pte John Bailey, stretcher-bearer, Northants Regt, has been reported unofficially to have been killed in action. He enlisted two years ago, and was 21 years of age. Deceased was brought up Mr Fredk. Sharpe, of High street south, Rushden, and previous to enlisting resided with his uncle, Mr William Wilmott, of Park road, Rushden. In February of last year he was wounded, and returned to France again last May.

The Rushden Echo, 5th April, 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden’s Casualty List - Men Killed, Wounded and Gassed - In the Great German Offensive
Unofficial news has been received of the death in action of Pte. John Bailey, a stretcher bearer, C. Company, Northants Regiment. Before enlisting, two years ago last February, he worked for Mr. Arthur Wilmott, boot manufacturer. His father, (a native of Podington, who had lived in Rushden the greater part of his life) died when the deceased was only about eight weeks old, and his mother, who married again, is now living in America. Deceased was brought up by Mr. Fredk. Sharp, of High Street South, Rushden, and latterly (before enlisting) had resided with his uncle and aunt, Mr. & Mrs. William Willmott, of 98 Park Road, Rushden. He was 21 years of age. In February, 1917, he was wounded and sent home to England, returning in May last year. Only four or five weeks before his death he was home on leave. Several of his comrades have written to say he had been killed, and yesterday a letter was received stating that he was shot through the back and that the missile penetrated his lungs, the writer adding that the unfortunate man had been buried with three others. The late Pte Bailey was a well-built soldierly fellow, and his death will be deeply regretted by those who knew him.

Extracted from the same article: Pte. Frank Darnell, 22077, Royal Sussex Regiment, son of Mr Wm. Darnell, of 80 Harborough-road, Rushden, and whose wife resides at 7 Mannings-street, Rushden, has been wounded in the left wrist and also gassed, and he is now in hospital at Rouen. Pte. Darnell, who received his injuries on March 25th, writes: “I got a machine gun bullet through the wrist and I was gassed. It seemed as if every German had got a machine gun; I shall never forget it—millions flying all round me. How I got through it God only knows; there were thousands wounded, and it took three days for our lot to get down to the base. Poor Johnny Bailey got killed on the 21st—shot through the back into his lungs. He was buried with three others. There are not many of us left now.”
The Rushden Echo Friday 26 April 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden War Victims
Pte John Bailey, Stretcher bearer, C Coy., Northants Regt. aged 21, who was killed in action on March 21st. His father died when deceased was only about eight weeks old, and the latter was brought up by his grandfather, Mr Fredk Sharp, of High street south, Rushden.

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