669012 Lance Corporal George Wesley Bailey served during the First World War with the 166th (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and fought in France with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He was killed in action during the fighting at Vimy Ridge.
George Wesley Bailey was born to George Edward, and Jessie Bailey on 13 October 1892 in Shrigley, Ontario. The Bailey family had a long association with the area. At the time of his attestation into the 166th Battalion in January of 1916, George was an unwed Methodist with no previous military service. He was employed as a butcher and stood 5 feet 5 inches tall. George resided on R.R. #4 Dundalk, Ontario but when he departed Canada in October of 1916, he changed his address to his parent’s at R.R. #1 Melanethon, Ontario.
Timeline of Service
- 1916, 21 Jan – Enlistment, Medical Examination and Attestation at the Toronto Recruiting Depot, University Avenue Armoury
- 1916, 16 Feb – Appointed Corporal
- 1916, 24 Mar – Commanding Officer 166th (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force signs attestation document
- 1916, 11 Apr – Appointed Acting Sergeant
- 1916, 23 to 31 Apr – granted a Harvesting Furlough
- 1916, Aug – shown as a Sergeant on a battalion pay sheet
- 1916, 14 Sep – prepared a Form of Will leaving his Real and Personal Estates to his father
- 1916, 12 Oct – embarked at Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic
- 1916, 19 Oct – disembarked at Liverpool, England and moves with the Battalion to Shorncliff Army Camp, Kent
- 1916, Oct – Assigned Pay of $25 per month sent to his mother begins
- 1916, 02 Nov – the 166th (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, C.E.F. moves to Camp Seaford, East Sussex
- 1917, 08 Jan – Taken On Strength by the 12th (1st Central Ontario Regiment, CEF) Reserve Battalion – East Sandling Camp, Kent
- 1917, 21 Jan – Landed in France and Taken On Strength by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry – In the Field
- 1917, 26 Jan – joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry – In the Field
- 1917, 12 Feb – reverts to the Rank of Private at own request
- 1917, 20 Mar – Appointed Lance Corporal – unpaid
- 1917, night of 09-10 Apr – Killed in Action during the Battle of Vimy Ridge (La Folie Farm) – age 24
Interred at Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France – Grave Reference V.A.19.
Commemorated on Page 194 of the First World War Book of Remembrance – Ottawa
Commemorated in The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada’s Book of Remembrance – Warriors’ Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral – England
Commemorated on Page 101 of Volume 2 of the History of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry – 1914-1919
Name inscribed on the Badjeros Ontario War Memorial – South Line Union Cemetery, Badjeros
Name inscribed on the Dufferin County Ontario War Memorial – Orangeville
QOR Coin of Remembrance issued to C.W.O. (Ret’d) Kenneth Kominek, CD
With information from:
- Library and Archives Canada; Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 344 – 54, http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B0344-S054
- Veteran’s Affairs Canada Virtual War Memorial;
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission.