Killed in Action on Monday, 1st October 1917, age 40.
Commemorated on Panel 52 to 54 and 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
9th Bn., Yorkshire Regiment. 69th Brigade of 23rd Division.
Formerly 8041 and 203690 Northumberland Fusiliers.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: St. Pancras, Resident: Unknown.
First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/846738/
Birth of Leonard William Bailey registered in September quarter 1877 at Dudley.
16 Frederick Crescent, Lambeth.
Benjamin Bailey (34, Bookseller, born Tipton), his wife Mary J. (34, born Coseley), and their 5 children: Leonard W. (13, Bookseller's Shop Boy, born Coseley), Jessie (12, Scholar, born Lambeth), John E. (9, Scholar, born Lambeth), Ivy B. (4, born Lambeth), and Percy B. (2, born Lambeth).
9 Lothian Road, Lambeth.
Benjamin Bailey (43, Bookseller, born Tipton), his wife Mary J. (44, born Tipton), and their 8 children: William (23, Bookseller, born Coseley), Jessie (21, Scholar, born Walworth), John (19, Bookseller, born Lambeth), Ivy (14, born Lambeth), Percy (12, born Lambeth), Fred (9, born Lambeth), Blanche (7, born Lambeth), and Harold (4, born Lambeth).
66 King Street, Southport, Lancs. (parents still living in London at 69 Penrose Street, Walworth, but without Leonard)
This was a lodging house run by Thomas and Mary Trow, apparently specialising in the local Music Hall as all 5 guests were actors or music hall artistes, these included:
Leonard William Bailey, Boarder, age 32, married for 5 years, an actor in travelling theatrics, born Tipton.
Leonard is shown as being born in Tipton or Coseley in 1877, but spent only a few years living in the area as the family were living in Lambeth by 1879. Before the war, Leonard appears to have been an actor, as the 1911 census shows him in theatrical digs in Southport as : Leonard William Bailey, Boarder, age 32, married for 5 years, an actor in travelling theatrics, born Tipton.
After Leonard's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £1/17/11d (1 pound, 17 shillings and 11 pence); this was paid to his widow, Elizabeth, in June 1919. His War Gratuity was £4/2/1d (4 pounds, 2 shillings and 1 penny), this was also paid to Elizabeth in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Leonard had enlisted in September 1916.
The 9th Yorkshires were in 69th Brigade of 23rd Division, and had been in Belgium for all of 1917. It is not known when Leonard joined the Battalion, but he could have been at the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917. He would certainly have been at the Battle of Menin Road when the 9th Yorkshires attacked Inverness Copse on the 20th September, and the Battle of Polygon Wood from the 26th September to 3rd October which cost him his life.
On 27th September, the 9/Yorks moved to Stirling Castle (just south of the Menin Road) and 3 days later on the 30th September, moved to the front line just south of Polygon Wood. On the 1st October, the 9/Yorks were subject to an intense barrage from 4.30am, and 'C' company on the left was attacked. Heavy casualties resulted.
Fifteen men of the 9th Yorkshires lost their lives on that day, amongst them Private Leonard Bailey. Leonard has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.