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Full name and title: Major Philip Gerald Bailey

Full article: Born Bognor, Sussex on 2 September 1886, he was the son of Louisa F. Bailey of 11 Herne Hill Mansions and the late James B Bailey MD. The following is based on his entry in the Dulwich College Register: He was the brother of Captain Tom Edmond Geoffrey Bailey and Captain James Connor Maxwell Bailey, both of whom were also killed in WW1 and who are also features in this project. A fourth brother, Major Maurice Armand Bailey MC, also served in WW1 but survived the conflict. Major Bailey attended Dulwich College Preparatory School and then Dulwich College. He won an Exhibition scholarship to Clare College Cambridge in 1905. In 1908 he was awarded a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences - later an MA and Diploma in Agriculture as well as, in 1911, a Board of Agriculture research scholarship. As an author he made a number of contributions to scientific journals. Made 2nd Lieutenant in the RFA (November 1914), Lieutenant (September 1915), Captain (March 1916) and Major (March 1917). Having served in actions at Neuve Chapel, Loos, Somme, Ancre and Vimy Ridge, he was killed in Action on 26 April 1917 near Arras.


Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Unit: 36th Brigade
Cause of death: KIA
Rank at death: Major
Date of death: 26/04/1917
Age at death: 31
Country of death: France
Memorial or Cemetery: Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, I.C.3
Herne Hill Connection: Resident
Address: 11 Herne Hill Mansions Herne Hill, Herne Hill