Henry BAILEY

Henry Bailey Photo:
The Queenslander July 1915
Birthplace
Toowoomba
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Gentleman
Enlisted
02-April-1915
Place
Brisbane
Age
45
Status
Married
Service No
N/N
Rank
Major
Unit
9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements
Embarked
16-April-1915
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Egypt, Gallipoli
Highest rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
Returned to Australia
September 1915
Notes

Father of 415 Corporal Henry Wear Bailey.

 

Henry Bailey twice served with Queensland contingents in South Africa during the Boer War. In April 1915 the retired Major was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 9th Battalion 5th Reinforcements. He landed with his unit at Gallipoli from Egypt in July 1915 but a few days later he was evacuated to Malta with gastritis. He re-joined his unit at Gallipoli in August but after a week was withdrawn to headquarters in Egypt, then returned to Australia in September. He trained recruits at Enoggera Camp until he and other trainers were demobilised purely for economic reasons. He complained bitterly of this injustice and tried to re-enlist but was refused. Tragically, on 8 May 1916 in Brisbane, he used his service pistol to take his own life. Aged 46 and married with a family, he was buried in Toowong Cemetery. 

 

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