Harrogate Herald - 24th October 1917
Roll of Honour
In a letter from his officer, Mr & Mrs Bailes,
of 35 Eastville Terrace, Ripon Road, Harrogate, have received the
sad news that their son, Corporal Tom Bailes (West Yorks),
was killed in action on October 9th. He was previously gassed on
December 19th, 1915. The letter says :
"Corporal T Bailes was killed whilst
going over the top. You will doubtless be relieved to hear that his
death was instantaneous, being caused by a shell wound in the head.
He was greatly liked and respected by all officers, NCOs and men of
the company. He had been in action two days before his death at the
head of his section........I hope you will be able to bear up in
your great trouble, and find comfort in the thought that he gave his
life for his country". Mr & Mrs Bailes have three
other sons serving with the colours, and one has been discharged
after being wounded in both legs.
Harrogate Herald - 28th November 1917
W H Breare letter
Private Robert Auton, of the West Yorks, eldest son
of Mr H W Auton, is home on leave and came to see me. Whilst at the
Front he was slightly wounded in the head in January, but is about
right now. Tom Bailes, who was killed in October, was with
him in his lot, also George Weatherhead, of Starbeck, who was
wounded. Alf Brown's son, of Regent Avenue, is also in his company.
Auton's brother is in Salonica. Had malaria, but returned to his
battery. Later, Auton came in to tell me that since he was at my
office his dear mother has died. He was anxious to obtain an
extension of leave for the funeral, and so I have written him a
letter testifying to the death of his mother as witness that this
was a bona-fide case deserving of consideration.
1/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West
242626 Cpl Thomas Bailes
Born : Leeds
Enlisted : Harrogate
Died : 10th October 1917
France and Flanders
In Memory of
Corporal 242626 1st/6th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt.
(Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Wednesday, 10th October 1917.
TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen,
Grave Reference/Panel Number:
Panel 42 to 47 and 162