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Attempts to positively identify this man have so far failed. His name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial as serving with a Lancashire Regiment. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission includes the names of 59 men called Bailey and having the initial “T”. There are a considerable number more if “T” represented his middle name and more still if, for example, he was known as Ted but is recorded in military records as Edward.

Without further information, it is impossible to be sure. However, one man does have some connection with the local area, having been born in Stockport. He is Private Thomas Bailey, who served with the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and who was killed in action on 4 June 1915. His service number, 3905, suggests he was a regular soldier and, certainly, was serving with a regular army Battalion.

If this is the man, then he was killed during an attack carried out by the Battalion on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, on 4 June 1915. There were extremely heavy casualties and the men were cut down by rifle and machine gun fire before they were even properly out of their trenches. Few got further forward than a few yards. They suffered over 500 casualties, dead or wounded. His body was never recovered and identified and his name is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Cape Helles.

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