William R BAILEY
Rank: Private
Number: 204702
Unit: 525th Home Service Employment Company LABOUR CORPS (Lancashire Regiment on Memorial)
Date of Death: 6 February 1919
Age: 31
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

The name of W R Bailey is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial amongst those who served with a Lancashire regiment. He is, however, believed to be the above man although no evidence of William serving with any unit other than the Labour Corps has been found. It has not been able to discover another likely candidate amongst the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is possible that William originally enlisted into a Lancashire regiment but was transferred, on grounds of poor health or physical condition, to the Labour Corps. He never served overseas during the War and, no doubt, died of natural causes.

Assuming that it is the same man, then something is known of his family history. His parents, William Rowland Bailey and Jane Ann Wilkes married at St Mary's Church, Stockport in the September quarter of 1888. Jane had been married before, to a Mr Chislett, and had two children, Alfred and Annie, from that marriage. William would be the only child of her second marriage. After the War, Mr & Mrs Bailey were living at 3 Smith's Buildings, Upper Brook Street, Stockport.

   
           
   
     
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