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Gunner James (Jim) Bailey


Harrogate Herald - 20th January 1915

Private J Bailey, of the Royal Field Artillery, writing to his parents at Grey Street, Oatlands Mount, [James Bailey, Grocer, 31 Grey Street] says :

3rd January, 1915

Dear Mother and Father, I received your long-looked for letter. It was very acceptable. I always look out for one from you. I can do with some twist tobacco; we cannot get any up here. I received the last and it was a treat to get a smoke. I hope you enjoyed your New Year. I did not know it was New Year's Day till it was all over. Every day is alike up here; we don't know whether it is a Wednesday or Sunday. Hope you are all well, as it leaves me at present.

Your loving son, Jim.

12th January, 1915

Dear Mother and Father, Just a line or two in answer to your letter and parcel, which I received quite safe. I am in the best of health and spirits. Hope you are all the same at home. I have sent my Princess Mary Xmas box; hope you will cherish it the same as I have done. Glad to know that Tommy has gone teetotal. Hope he will continue to do so. I have never been out at night time since the year put in, so you see I am teetotal. Hope you will let me know about my Xmas box. I must now close. With kind love to all.

From your loving son, Jim


Harrogate Herald - 20th January 1915

W H Breare letter

Will James Bailey, Royal Field Artillery, send his number and fullest details of his address if he can? We have letters from him in the Harrogate Herald today, and we have received his portrait.


Harrogate Herald - 27th January 1915

Gunner James Bailey, writing home, says :

Dear Mother and Father, Just these few lines, hoping you have has a very happy Christmas, as I have had myself. I have just received Princess Mary's gift, also a photo of the King and Queen, which I am sending home. We each received a nice brass box containing a pipe, a packet of tobacco, and cigarettes with a Christmas card, which we received on Christmas Day. We have spent a happy time under the circumstances. Each one of us had a large piece of Christmas pudding, which "The Daily News" Fund sent out to us. Also I wish to let you know I never felt so well in all my life as I do now. Well, I must now close, wishing both of you a bright and happy New Year.

Your loving son, James.


Harrogate Herald - 27th January 1915

Harrogate men who are serving with the colours and are in the Harrogate Herald list to receive papers every week :

Gunner James Bailey, 21869, 15 Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery, G Ammunition Column, 3rd Cavalry Division


Harrogate Herald - 3rd March 1915

Serving with the Colours and receiving the Harrogate Herald every week

21869 Gunner James Bailey, 15th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery, 8th Ammunition Column, 3rd Cavalry Division, France