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William Bailey was born in Salford in about 1881. William enlisted in the Army in Manchester and was posted into the 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Before the war, in 1911 William had been working in a building material merchants in Birkenhead as a carter. His mother, Rachel had already passed away, and his father would die shortly.

Bearing in mind that the Battalion had only been formed on the 1st of October, Williams death nine days later would have caused quite a stir, especially as it would appear to be a training accident.

William is buried at Seaford Cemetery, just outside of Eastborne – this is where 10th Battalion were at the time, training with 22nd Division.

William was survived by one younger sister, Mary.

The information below is from the cwgc.org website:

Rank: Private
Service No: 15750
Date of Death: 10/10/1914
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 10th Bn.
Grave Reference: 2656 /SEAFORD CEMETERY

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