Diamond War Memorial Project

Sergeant Thomas A Bailey

109th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 15305 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 18633
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: 26 Enlisted: Londonderry

Name recorded on a memorial dedicated to the memory of members of the brethren of City of Derry Temperance Loyal Orange Lodge 1007, Coronation Loyal Orange Lodge 1062, Royal Union Loyal Orange Lodge 1166, and Royal Black Preceptory 237, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914-1918. Name also recorded on All Saints' Church (Church of Ireland), Clooney Parish 1914-18 Roll of Honour; on the Diamond War Memorial; and on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France.

Fourth son of Thomas (born 1854/55, died February 15, 1942, and worked as a general labourer circa 1901) and Ellen (born 1854/55), and brother of Arthur Wright Bailey (10th Inniskillings, born 1891/92, died April 27, 1921), 5, Barnewall Place, Londonderry. Also brother of Samuel (born 1880/81, and worked as a tailor circa 1901); John (born 1883/84, and worked as a railway porter circa 1901); Lizzie (Born 1885/86, and worked in a factory circa 1901); and Ellen (born 1887/88). Husband of Maggie Bailey, 4, Emerson Street, Waterside, Londonderry. Possibly grandson of John and Margaret (died on February 8, 1901, and was interred in Glendermott New Cemetery) Bailey.

Sergeant Bailey was a member of Royal Black Preceptory 113.

He was employed as a checker in the Midland Railway before the outbreak of the Great War.

Thomas, Nellie, Ellen, Lizzie, Arthur, and J. Bailey, 5, Barnewall Place, all signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.

Shortly after the death of Sergeant Bailey, his father, mother, sisters, and brothers had the following lines inserted in a Londonderry newspaper:

'He little thought when leaving home

That he would ne'er return,

That he so soon in death should sleep

And leave us here to mourn.

Sleep on, dear brother, in a far off land,

In a grave we will never see,

But as long as life and memory last

We will remember thee.'

On the eighth anniversary of the death of Thomas Bailey, his wife, Maggie, had the following lines placed in a Londonderry newspaper:

'I am, O Lord, deprived of one

Who was to me most dear;

Teach me to say Thy will be done

While I on earth wait here.

The blow was hard, the shock severe,

But God He knowest best.'