Major G. H. W. Bayley

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    Major Bayley served with the Royal Artillery from 10 November 1911 to March 1919.

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    1. Historydevotee 40 months ago | reply

      From www.thePeerage.com

      Major George Henry Wyndham Bayley
      d. 16 August 1941

      Major George Henry Wyndham Bayley married Ada Caulfeild, daughter of George Caulfeild and Thomasina Royce, on 14 July 1904. He died on 16 August 1941.

      He gained the rank of Major in the service of the Royal Artillery

    2. Gary Donaldson 40 months ago | reply

      George Henry Wyndham Bayley was Commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Woolwich into the Royal Artillery on 15 Jun 1895 (London Gazette 4024 of 16 Jul 1895). The officer depicted is wearing the uniform and accoutrements of the Rifle Brigade - that in itself is a puzzle? George Henry Wyndham Bayley died at Pleasant Point, South Canterbury, New Zealand - the brief obituary refers to him as late Major Royal Artillery. His name is also mentioned in the London Gazette of 10 Nov 1922, as an executor of the will of a George Caulfeild of Tunbridge Wells - his father-in-law?

    3. Gary Donaldson 40 months ago | reply

      George Henry Wyndham Bayley, (b. 1875), married Ada Caulfeild at Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, Paddington, Middlesex on 14 Jul 1904. Their daughter Mary Beatrice (or Beatrix) Bayley was born in 1906 and they are recorded in the 1911 census as living in Keylong, Mortlestown, Co Tipperary, Ireland. //

    4. Geraldine Murphy1 40 months ago | reply

      I am the granddaughter of George Henry Wyndham Bayley and this is certainly not his photograph. I do have a photo of him in army uniform and can supply it. During his army career he served in Sierra Leone, India and in the Boer War. He was wounded in the Battle of the Marne in August 1914 and this effectively ended his army career. He lived in Headcorn, Kent from 1922 to 1930 when he, his wife, one daughter and two sons emigrated to New Zealand. He is buried in the Pleasant Point, South Canterbury cemetery. One son, Michael was the 26th Battalion, NZ Infantry and was killed in North Africa in 1941. Another son, Peter served in World War 11 in the Royal Navy and died in 2009. His daughter died in Dublin in 1990.

    5. IWM Collections 40 months ago | reply

      Hi Geraldine, it would be great if you could add the photo of your grandfather to the Your Faces of the First World War group at: www.flickr.com/groups/your_faces_ww1. Thanks for your comments.

    6. Gary Donaldson 40 months ago | reply

      The medal worn by this unidentified Rifle Brigade officer appears to be that for Queen Victoria's 1897 Diamond Jubilee. [Identification kindly provided by Worcestershire Medal Services Ltd]. The ribbon is white with a bold central stripe and edges in cobalt blue.//

    7. Gary Donaldson 40 months ago | reply

      IWM Collections: Is there anything on the back of this photograph that might help identify this officer? Or any story associated with its donation to the IWM archive? The Rifles (RGJ / RB) Museum in Winchester are also trying to identify him. Thank you. GD

    8. IWM Collections 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, Gary - we will try to look into it. The only biographical details recorded are those given above, so unfortunately there's little to go on.

    9. Gary Donaldson 39 months ago | reply

      Clearly they are erroneous, however they came to be matched with this photograph. Any small clue might be useful in unlocking the mystery. thank you for your assistance.//

    10. Trench-Foote 32 months ago | reply

      There were only 980 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medals issued to the Army in 1897. Is there not a list somewhere that would quickly identify this Rifle Brigade officer (most likely Major or Lieutenant Colonel)?

    11. czyzykc 5 months ago | reply

      Help piece together the Life Stories of more than 8 million men and women who made a contribution during the First World War at www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/

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