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Remembering Private Bailey

Discussion in 'Sevenoaks History' started by Sevenoaks Memorial, Apr 22, 2018. Replies: 0 | Views: 18

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    Today is the hundredth anniversary of the death of Private Ernest Bailey of Seal Chart near Sevenoaks aged just eighteen. His great nephew, David Lambourne and his family will be visiting the church of St Lawrence where their family once worshipped, to remember their ancestor, who is remembered on the war memorial inside the church.

    Ernest was born on the 27th December 1899 and lived at ‘Larchwood’, Seal Chart, Sevenoaks. He was the youngest child of local carpenter and cabinet maker Thomas Bailey and his wife, Caroline. He had three brothers and seven sisters. His sister Emily was David’s Grandmother.

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    ‘Larchwood’, the Bailey family home

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    Private Ernest Bailey 50987, 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry

    Ernest went to St Lawrence School, Seal Chart and was a member of the congregation at St Lawrence Church next door, where he had been baptised on 11th March 1900.

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    Church of St Lawrence, Seal Chart

    David started to research the life of his great uncle after inheriting some family photographs and has set out what he discovered:

    Ernest was a boy scout before joining the army. Unfortunately his Army Records have not survived and the National Archives only hold records of…

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