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Person Details

BAYLEY, Richard Albert

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Corby, Northamptonshire
Gender: Male
Date of death: 26/10/1917
Place of death: Ypres Salient, Belgium
Manner of death: Missing in action - presumed killed
Age at death: 32
CWGC Ref: 491171
TWGPP Ref: 3907696
Address: The Cottage Odney Lane Lullebrook Manor Cookham

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: 28623
Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: Army Service Corps
Rank: Driver
Service Number: 55984

Relatives

Wife Mary Jane BAYLEY (nee BROWN)
Mother Georgina BAYLEY

Additional information

Richard is remembered in the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, grave reference XXXV1.F.4. His body was later found and buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery, 10 kilometres NW of Ypres. This cemetery was made after the Armistice when bodies were brought in from surrounding battlefields and cemeteries. 7479 Commonwealth servicemen from WW1 are buried or commemorated there, but 6230 of the burials are of unidentified bodies. Among those buried there is Private John Condon of the Royal Irish Regiment. He was only 14 when he died and is thought to be the youngest of the WW1 battle casualties.
Richard Bayley was born in Corby, Northamptonshire, in 1885. He married Mary Jane Brown of Whyteladyes Lane on 14.8.1915 . In 1911, when he was 26, Richard is listed as working at Lullebrook Manor, in Cookham, for Col. F.C.Ricardo, supposedly the inspiration for the 'Toad of Toad Hall', in Kenneth Grahame’s ''The Wind in the Willows''. It is now the home of the Odney Club owned by the John Lewis Partnership. Richard lodged at The Cottage in the grounds and worked there for 6 years before joining the Army.His widow remarried aged 37 on 15/9/1920 in Hanwell, to Arthur Roland Wainwright. She is shown as the daughter of William Brown, a Wood merchant.
Richard joined 2nd/5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a driver in January 1915. He is listed on the Village Scroll, which also reports Missing Presumed Killed 26.10.17. The battalion was formed in Bolton as a second line unit and landed at Le Havre, France, on 9th February 1917 and fought in the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Second Battle of Passchendaele between July and November 1917. The regimental record states that, in the final stages of the battle, “… on 26th October 2/4th, 2/5th and 4/5th Loyal North Lancashires, all in 170 Brigade of 57th Division, made a most gallant attack through mud so pervasive that the men had to trust to their bayonets when assaulting the German machine-guns”. Between them the three battalions suffered 935 casualties in this, their first major battle. Private Bayley died that day, aged 32.

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