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Carl Bailey (Service no. 16262) was a first World War soldier with links to New Brighton.

Carl Bailey's life is commemorated on the New Brighton School Roll of Honour as befits an ex pupil of the school.  A local lad, the foster son of Mrs M.A. Bailey, raised in Bexley he was a farmer before enlisting on the 5th April 1916 at the age of 21.  Prior to this Carl had belonged to the Coast Defence Infantry for three years. 

With the 16th Reinforcements NZ Mounted rifles Brigade he embarked on the "Moeraki" on the 10th August 1916, transferred to the "Mooltan" in Sydney, landing at Suez, Egypt, 20th September 1916.

By 23rd October 1916 Trooper Bailey had been transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps and appointed Cook in the field.  The Camel Corps was formed from men originally intended as reinforcements for the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade. The Camel Corps role was for long range desert patrol work but in the last days of March 1918, New Zealand Company No 16 together with the Auckland and Canterbury Mounted Rifle Regiments took Hill 3039 overlooking the city of Amman.  They held it despite repeated Turkish attacks until they were ordered to retreat as part of a general retreat by the British force. 

Carl Bailey, born 21st July 1895, was killed in action on the 30th March 1918 in Palestine.

Trooper Carl Bailey is remembered with honour at the Jerusalem Memorial by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. His body was never found.


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Carl Bailey

First Names:Carl
Last Name:Bailey
Place of Birth:Christchurch, New Zealand