Frederick BAILEY
Rank: Private
Number: 12252
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 25 June 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Frederick is recorded in regimental records as being born in St Thomas’ parish in Stockport, although when the Imperial War Graves Commission compiled its casualty information, his parents, Walter and Harriet were living at 34 Peter Street, Hazel Grove.

Frederick enlisted in the army in Stockport, probably in the late autumn of 1914. He was drafted to the 1st Battalion, which was a regular army unit but, by now, was taking recently recruited volunteers as replacements.

On 24 May, the Battalion went into the front line, near Zillebeke – some 5 kilometre to the south west of Ypres (now Ieper). It was a generally quiet period with no major attacks. However, the enemy artillery kept up a regular barrage and this caused almost daily casualties. It is presumed that Frederick was one such victim – the only member of his Battalion to die that day. He was originally posted as “missing”, which suggests that he was buried by the earth thrown up by a falling shell or took a direct hit and simply disappeared. It would have been up to a year later before his parents received confirmation from the military authorities that he must have died on that day.

Further information about Frederick is contained in the book “Hazel Grove to Armageddon” by John Eaton.

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