Samuel Bailey, Private 291654, 1st/7th Bn. Cheshire Regt
Died of wounds 24th July 1918 in France, aged 28
Husband of Annie Bailey, of 67 Arbourhay Street, Hurdsfield Road, Macclesfield.
The death of Private Bailey was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 24 August 1918:
PRIVATE S. BAILEY – Private Samuel Bailey, Cheshire Regiment, whose wife and two children live at 67 Arbourhay Street, died in Rouen Hospital on July 24th from wounds sustained the previous day. He was 28 years of age and was educated at St George’s School… and attended the Canton Street Bible Class. Before joining up he was a silk throwster in the employ of Mr T C Slingsby. He enlisted in April 1916 and after six months was drafted out to Egypt, where he took part in the Gaza battles and the fighting in Jerusalem. He was transferred to France a few weeks ago.
Private Samuel Bailey is buried at Senlis French National Cemetery, in grave ref. I. A. 4. His widow asked for the inscription “GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Samuel Bailey, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Samuel Bailey is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on St George’s Church, Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church and Christ Church School rolls of honour.