John had only been in France for six weeks before he died. He was wounded along with several other local men from
The only son of John (a Blacksith) and Mary Elizabeth Bailey of 4 Wood Street, Barnard Castle.
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 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