6th D.L.I (Durham Light Infantry)
Place Enlisted:
Service Number:
Home Address:
Brigdegate, Barnard Castle
Family Details:

Son of John and Mary Bailey of 4 Wood Street, Barnard Castle.

Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Barnard Castle
Place of Death
Cause of Death:
Killed In Action
Place of Burial:
Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery

John had only been in France for six weeks before he died. He was wounded along with several other local men from 

Teesdale Mercury-21/08/1918: Local and other notes: Killed in action

Teesdale Mercury-13/08/1919: In memoriam

Teesdale Mercury-28/08/1918: Return Thanks Notices


In May 1915 he wrote home from the Stationary Hospital, Ronen, to in form his parents that he was recovering after being wounded in the arm and and gassed with melonite  fumes. Private J. Brass enquires about John in several letters home, as reported in the Teesdale Mercury on 12th May 1915.

In a letter home he describes how 'I don't think that there is anyone in England who can realise what the war is like over here, for there are thousands of shells fired every day on both sides. We happened to drop right across the stiffest fighting there has been since the war began, and it speaks volumes for the Terriers' that they have held out so well for the  first time under heavy fire. It is marvellous how one gets used to seeing dead men, and also men killed without feeling nervous, and it is a pity to see the fine buildings and cathedrals levelled to the ground with German's shell fire. The town of Ypres is absolutely wrecked, and the streets are ploughed up with shells. When the 'Jack Johnson's' hit the ground they leave a hole about fifteen or twenty feet wide, and six or seven feet deep.'

Teesdale Mercury-05/05/1915: News Item: Letter home - wounded

Teesdale Mercury-12/05/1915: Letters from the Front - J Brass

Teesdale Mercury-02/06/1915: The War: Letter home - wounded

Teesdale Mercury-12/05/1915: Local and other notes: Men wounded in F Company

Teesdale Mercury-30/01/1918: Local and other notes: On furlough from France

Teesdale Mercury 27.09.1916 - Page 5: Column 4

Private J Bailey, Bridgegate, in hospital - gas poisoning


Included on the “List of former Scholars of this School (Barnard Castle National Boys' School) now serving with His Majesty's Forces.”

Number on the admission register - 1834


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