Charles Bailey, Private 357297, 1/10th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment
Killed in action 16th August 1916 in the Somme, France, aged 22
Charles Bailey was born in late 1893, the only son of Ellen and Edwin Bailey, a pork butcher, of 73 Chestergate, Macclesfield. On 10th January 1894, when about six weeks of age, he was baptised at the nearby Church Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. In 1901, nine year old Charles was living at the same address with his parents and younger sister Mary, aged 7.
Charles was educated at the Modern School, which later became part of the King’s School.
By 1911, the family was still at the same address in Chestergate and Charles was working for his father as a Butcher’s Assistant.
Charles’ father died in April 1916; his mother Ellen married William Perkin in late 1917, and moved to Bryn Estyn, Macclesfield.
Charles joined the Liverpool Scottish Regiment at Macclesfield in February 1916, initially being given service number 6178 but this was later changed to 257297. After training, Charles was sent to the Somme region of France in early summer 1916, arriving in the trenches on 14th August, just two days before he was injured in an attack.
The news that Charles was reported missing was published in the Macclesfield Times of 8th September 1916:
MACCLESFIELD MOTHER’S SUSPENSE
Mrs. Bailey, 21 Prestbury Rd, Macclesfield, is anxiously awaiting tidings concerning her only son, Private Charles Bailey, of the Liverpool Scottish, of whose whereabouts nothing has been heard for the past three weeks. Private Bailey, who is attached to the King’s Liverpool Regiment, has been unofficially reported missing and letters received from comrades, including Private Burgess, another Macclesfield man (who, prior to enlistment, was engaged as a clerk to Mr A S Turner, Auctioneer) leave little room for doubt that Private Bailey was wounded in a charge made shortly after he entered the trenches. His mother, however, has received no official communication of any kind, and there is a ray of hope in the fact that a registered letter dispatched since the report that her son was missing has not been returned…
Charles was later assumed to have died on 16th August 1916, aged 22 years; his death was announced in The Times newspaper on 22nd September 1916.
Private Charles Bailey has no known grave and he is named on Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C of the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Charles Bailey.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
FindMyPast Cheshire Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Baptism): Church Street West Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 8 September 1916
The Times: 22 September 1916, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)