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R. B*** .    

R. B*** is listed on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow, but the name is unreadable. Could this be Robert Bray Private 73423 of the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Age 27 who died on 31st March 1918. He was the husband of Ellen Jackson (formerly Bray) of 3 McGowan's Buildings Felling Gateshead. Born Heworth Colliery, he enlisted Gateshead. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. Does anyone have any additional information to confirm this?

Vin Mullen



Pte. Ernest Edmund Baber .     Australian Imperial Forces 33rd Btn.   from Batecombe, Shepton Mallet, Somerser, England




Private Thomas Henry Bache .     British Army 2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters Notts & Derby Rgt   from Hull, Yorkshire

(d.23rd Jul 1918)

This man was my Uncle and died 22 years before I was born.Presently I am researching my family tree,but at the moment I need more information regarding My Uncle Tom,I need to know if he as gassed or died of the flu.

James Bache



L/Cpl. Herbert Backley .     British Army 8th Battalion, "Y" Coy. Northumberland Fusiliers   from North Shields

(d.26th Sep 1916)

Herbert Backley's Medal Index Card

Herbert Backley served with 8th Battalion "Y" Coy. Northumberland Fusiliers. (formerly 17735 West Yorkshire Regiment) he was aged 24 when he died on 26th September 1916. Born in Jarrow in 1894 he was the son of Charles Henry and Margaret Backley of 25 Berwick Terrace, Percy Main, North Shields. He lived and enlisted in North Shields. Herbert was previously wounded in November 1915. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Harry William Bacon .     British Army 9th (Queen Victorias Rifles) Btn. London Regiment   from South Norwood, Surrey

My Grandfather, Harry Bacon, was severely wounded at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of The Somme. This is an extract from his diary, written in August in Le Treport hospital.

"On evening of 30th June 1916 marched up to trenches and took up placers in front trench. Our company was first to go over. At 7:30am next morning over we went, under heavy bombardment from both sides. The Germans got wind of what was coming. I managed to get out of the trench and pushed forward as well as I could. I had only gone about 30 yards when I was hit by a piece of shrapnel in the stomach. It felt like a punch in the stomach and winded me. I tried to go on, but crawled into a shell hole which just covered me from rifle bullets. I stopped here for a bit but eventually chanced my luck and got back to our trenches and got to the dressing station. It was a miracle I did not get hit getting back. From the dressing station I got sent straight down the line to No.16 General Hospital Le Treport."

My Grandad was medically discharged and never returned to active service. He died in 1959 aged 65

David Bacon



Pte. J. J. Bacon .     British Army 1/7th Btn. London Regiment

On the 17th May 1915 J. J. Bacon of the 7th Londons was involved in the Battle of Festubert. His medical record records: he states that when occupying an enemy trench he was buried by an explosion. He was in hospital in France for six weeks and then returned to the firing line. While working there his knee gave trouble and was sent home. He then spent 21 weeks in various British hospitals diagnosed with chronic arthritis in knee. He was discharged 9th June 1916 when he was 23 years old.

S.R. Gill



Pte. Victor Bacon .     British Army 6th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry   from 17 Coop St, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, Yorkshire

(d.11th Oct 1915)

Terry Parkes



William Henry Bacon .     Australian Imperial Forces D Coy. 33rd Btn.   from Dungog, New South Wales

(d.7th Jun 1917)

William Bacon was killed during the attack in no-man’s-land in front of Plugstreet Wood on 7th June 1917. He has no known grave.




Pte. John James Baddley .     British Army 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment   from Camborne, Cornwall

(d.5th May 1916)

John James Baddley, son of John James and Mary Baddley, was born in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. In 1914 he lived in Camborne, Cornwall, with his wife Mary Jane Baddley (later to be known as Blight), and he enlisted in Newquay. Before joining the Wiltshire Regiment he was a member of the Royal Field Artillery. John Baddley was 23 years old when he was killed in action in France, and he is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery.

S Flynn



2nd Lt. James Chester Badgley .     British Army 6th Btn. att. 58th Trench Mortar Bty. Wiltshire Regiment (d.7th Jun 1917)

James Badgley was, I think, the name of the father of my Godmother. I have his details from the CWGC which state "6th Bn. Wiltshire Regt. attd. 58th Trench Mortar Bty." together with family details. He enlisted in the Canadian Contingent at Quebec in 1914. I have a photograph which again I think is him but only because we found it in her personal effects after her death.

Ross Donaldson



Pte. Cecil Beaumont Badnall .     Australian Imperial Forces 48th Btn.   from Liverpool, England

(d.2nd Jun 1917)




Pte. Cecil Beaumont Badnall .     Australian Imperial Forces 48th Btn.   from Liverpool, England

(d.2nd Jun 1917)

Corporal John Herbert Whitley Bracken served with the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column Australian Field Artillery. He was was killed in action Belgium 22 July 1917 aged 29, son of Joseph and Harriet Bracken of 16 Stanley Avenue, Wallasey, England. He now rests in the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground nera Ypres, Belgium.

His service record state he was born in Toxteth (Liverpool) and attested 1st September 1914 working as a Teamster. He arrived on the Gallipoli Peninsula 30 April 1915 and landed in France on 2 April 1916. He was wounded in action 22 July 1917 and died of wounds the same day in 55 Field Ambulance.




Rfmn. Percy Badrick .     British Army Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade   from Long Marston, Tring, Hertfordshire

(d.30th May 1918)

percy Badrick was born in 1900 at Long Marston, Tring, Hertfordshire. Son of George Badrick and wife Louisa. Died of his wounds 30th May 1918 and is buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France (about 25K North East of Dieppe). Remembered on Tring War Memorial.

Sandra Barlow



Charles Bage .     British Army Loyal North Lancashire Regiment   from Sheffield

Charles Bage, my great great grandfather served from 1895 until at least 1917 in several services. Signing on with the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1897, he then moved to 3rd Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Regiment. He served in the Boer War at the Relief of Ladysmith and received the South Africa medal.

He was then in the reserves until he signed up for ASC Remounts as a nagsman. In 1916 he joined the Loyal North Lancashires. In 1917 his service records stop and I have had great difficulty finding out what happened to him after that, no family members are left to ask, so I am afraid his story probably ends there for me. I would love to have known more about him as I am currently tracing my family history.

He was born in Sheffield in 1878. His service record shows he had a large scar of a burn on the left side of his face, but there is no record of how he received it. I think he may have passed away after the war but cannot be sure as every search I try does not bring his name up.

This entry is in memory of my great great grandfather,I am proud to know that he served his country, and am grateful to him and all the men and women who have given so much to ensure the freedom we enjoy today.

Julie Townend



Pte. Thomas Baggott .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry   from 69 Southwick Road, Monkwearmouth

(d.1st Jul 1916)

Thomas Baggott was born in Newbottle, United Kingdom on the 15th of May 1880 to Martha Baggott. He was 34 years old and married to Mary Ella, when he enlisted in the 18th DLI in Sunderland on 30th of September 1914. He served with D Coy. Thomas was killed in action on the 1st of July 1916 at Serre on first day of the Battle of the Somme and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.




Pte. Arthur Edwin Baggs .     Canadian Expeditionary Forces 72nd Bn. Canadian Infantry   from Vancouver, B.C.

(d.1st March 1917)

Private Arthur Edwin Baggs

Arthur Baggs died 1st March 1917, aged 28 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France. He was the son of Edwin and Louisa Mary Baggs, of 3605 Knight Rd., Vancouver, B.C.

s flynn



Sgt. William Bagguley .     British Army 1/5th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment   from Fenton

(d.13th Oct 1915)

William Bagguley was killed at the Battle of Loos on 13th October 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial as he has no known grave.

Christine Symcox



Sgt. Alfred Bagnall .     British Army 6th Btn. Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (d.9th Aug 1915)

Alfred Bagnall was born in Dublin and later enlisted in Drogheda, County Louth. In July 1915 the 6th Battalion departed from Liverpool, and landed at Anzac Cove on 5th August. Alfred Bagnall was killed in action in Gallipoli four days later, and is buried in Embarkation Pier Cemetery.

S Flynn



2nd Lt Edward Luke Henry Bagot .     British Army Welsh Guards (d.10th Sep 1916)

Edward Luke Henry Bagot was killed in action aged 19 at the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in the Guards' Cemetery at Lesboeufs.

S. Flynn



Lt. Maurice John Hervey Bagot .     Royal Navy HMS Monmouth (d.1st Nov 1914)

Maurice Bagot, son of Alice Bagot, of Westfields, East Grinstead, Sussex, and Colonel Charles Hervey Bagot, C.B. (Royal Engineers), was born in Dublin on 18th October 1891. He enlisted on 15th September 1904. Maurice Bagot was aged 23 when he was killed in action at the Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile. He is commemorated on Panel 1 of Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, and on the East Grinstead War Memorial Cross, Sussex.

S Flynn



Sgt. Walter John Bagshaw MID..     British Army 2/5th Btn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment   from Coventry

My grandfather, Walter Bagshaw served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. I believe the 2/5th Battalion and was part of the 182nd Inf Bde with the 61st Division. He once had a silver cigarette box with the monogram LXI, the roman numerals for the 61st Div. he survived the war and demobilised in Mar 1919. He was awarded two MIDs – but I do not know what for?

He ended up as a Sgt and we believe he worked in an HQ of some sort as either a Pay Clerk or in some other administrative role. On his return he later had his house named Laventie which I assume is a link to his time with the regiment and where I am lead to believe they had a HQ there. After the War he played a large role in the formation of a reunion ‘Dinners Club’ which held an annual dinner to commemorate the 61st Div, possible the HQ Staff specifically but I lack more information. Although he was presented with a gold watch from the club members that has the LXI engraved on it with the wording 182 Inf Bde, 61st Div.

I would love to find out more about his time with the regiment and his service career, I would very much appreciate it if anyone could increase my knowledge in anyway regarding his military life during or indeed after the war, perhaps someone recollects the reunion dinners club?

L Bagshaw



Pte. William Ewart Gladstone Bagshaw .     British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers (d.16th Apr 1915)

Vin Mullen



2nd Lt. George Frederick Cecil Baile .     British Army Royal Engineers   from Dublin

(d.9th Nov 1917)

George Baile, the son of Rev. George William Baile, died of wounds. He was educated in Mountjoy School and Trinity College, Dublin. He was gazetted Royal Engineers in November 1914 and wounded inDecember 1915. He is remembered on Memorials at Mountjoy School; Engineering School and main memorial, Trinity College, Dublin. His brother Robert Carlyle Baile was also killed in WW1

Update: He is buried in Kensal Green (All Souls') Cemetery. His father, Rev George Baile, Chaplain 4th Class attached to 64th Casualty Clearing Station died from natural causes on 27 January 1918. He was 52. He was buried in Étaples Military Cemetery. His only surviving son Captain J Baile, Royal Engineers was present at his funeral. He had spent 14 years as a Chaplain in Pernambuco, Brazil.

S Flynn



Lt. Robert Carlyle Baile .     British Army 76th Field Company Royal Engineers   from Dublin

(d.16th Oct 1915)

Robert Carlyle Baile was the son of Rev. George William Baile. Educated in Athlone School and Trinity College, Dublin, he was Resident Engineer to the Great Western Brazil Railway. He enlisted in the Royal Naval Division and transferred to the Royal Engineers. Gazetted Royal Engineers, November 1914. Listed in Irish Life "Our Heroes" (26/11/1915). Robert is remembered on memorials at the Engineering School and on the main memorial at Trinity College, Dublin. His brother George Frederick Cecil Baile was also killed in WW1

s flynn



L/Cpl. Albert Henry Bailey .     New Zealand Expeditionary Force Auckland Mounted Rifles (d.8th Aug 1915)

Albert Bailey, son of Mrs Anna Bailey, of 74 St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin was a pupil at The High School, Rathgar, County Dublin. He enlisted in Dabriada, Auckland, New Zealand. On 14th February 1915 he embarked from Wellington, New Zealand, destined for Suez, Egypt. Albert Bailey was killed in action in Gallipoli. He has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Turkey, in the World War 1 Hall of Memories of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and on the stained glass window Great War Memorial inside Clontarf Presbyterian Church.

S Flynn



Pte. Albert Edward Bailey .     Australian Imperial Force B Coy 37th Btn.   from Coburg

My grandfather Bert Bailey enlisted in Melbourne and sailed on the HMAT Persic. After training at Salisbury Plain under General John Monash, they sailed from there to France and as you already have the battle honours listed, I won't go into that. "Pop" was a Lewis Gunner and was on active service until he was gassed during an assault on the Hindenburg Line in 1918. While he was recovering in England, he met and married my grandmother. They both returned to Australia on board the Canberra in 1919.

John Bailey



Mid. Bernard Michael Bailey .     Royal Navy HMS Defence   from England

(d.31st May 1916)

Bernard Michael Bailey was killed in action at the Battle of Jutland on board HMS Defence.

S. Flynn



V.A.D. Cecile Bailey .     Voluntary Aid Detachment Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley




Pte. Charles William Bailey .     British Army 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards   from Swinton

(d.26th Oct 1914)

Charles Bailey was my great great grandfather, he served with the 2nd Battalion the Coldstream Guards having enlisted at Wath. He was killed in action on the 26th of October 1914 and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, panel 11.

Andrew Bailey



Sgt. Edward Bailey .     British Army 7th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Dublin

(d.16th Aug 1917)

Edward Bailey was born in Dublin and later enlisted there. The 7th Battalion came under the command of 16th (Irish) Division, and on 20th December 1915 landed at le Havre. Edward Bailey was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Langemarck in Flanders. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

S Flynn




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