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Kenneth Allan Bailey

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Allan AWMM
  • Surname
    Bailey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    6418 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 August 1912 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 373 Muritai Road, Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.J. Bailey (wife), 373 Muritai Road, Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    6418 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    30 December 1941 AWMM
    'Corporal Bailey showed initiative, outstanding courage and consistent devotion to duty throughout the campaign in GREECE. On 18 April 1941 at Nikaia his vehicles were heavily bombed by enemy dive bombers and then machine-gunned. In spite of the most concentrated machine-gun fire, Corporal Bailey was energetic in carrying and assisting wounded men to shelter. He did this without thought for his own safety.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bailey, Kenneth Alan. (Ref. WO 373/27/483). Military Medal. New Zealand Gazette, September 1944 p. 145. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Major K. A. Bailey, MM; Lower Hutt; born Wellington, 12 Aug 1912; car painter; joined Regular Force 1948; DADOS (2), Army HQ, 1953-. (Source: Kidson, A.L. Petrol Company. p.96.)

    'This operation also brought the Company another decoration: a Military Medal for Corporal K. A. Bailey. With seven trucks under his charge, Bailey was attached to Second-Lieutenant Fenton's20 Divisional Ammunition group, which brought out 20 Battalion from the vicinity of its rearguard positions two miles south of Servia. At Nikaia, six or seven miles past Larisa, the convoy was ordered to leave the road and disperse while sappers cleared the approach to a badly damaged bridge.

    ‘Harry Dunlop was my driver’, Ken Bailey recalls, ‘and after lunch he went off to have a sleep under a tree. Because of the need to be ready to move, I suggested that he stick close to the truck, but he preferred the tree. That probably saved his life, because about an hour later two Jerry planes skimmed over a rise and dropped their bombs from about a hundred feet up. The bombs fell on the ground and just lay there.

    ‘Reg Pollock and I, who were filling our water bottles at the water truck, lost no time in diving under the vehicle. We lifted our heads to see what was going to happen. The bombs were lying on the ground in a line right through my trucks. Just then they exploded, and Harry's truck was riddled. Five out of the seven trucks went up, and there were many casualties among the poor infantry, who were sleeping in and under the vehicles.

    ‘Things were quite sticky for a while as Jerry kept coming back to strafe us. Reg Pollock ducked his head just in time to miss a piece of shrapnel which skimmed along his back and cut his web equipment in half. Harry Dunlop, owing to his liking for that tree, also lived on.’' (Source: Kidson, A.L. Petrol Company. pp. 96-7.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    10 March 1988 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 76 AWMM
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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East (including Egypt, East Africa, The Western Desert, The Sudan, Greece, Crete, Syria and Tobruk) during the period February 1941 to July 1941.' (London Gazette, 30 December 1941, p.7338.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35396/pages/7338
      Further Reference
    • 'Corporal Bailey showed initiative, outstanding courage and consistent devotion to duty throughout the campaign in GREECE. On 18 April 1941 at Nikaia his vehicles were heavily bombed by enemy dive bombers and then machine-gunned. In spite of the most concentrated machine-gun fire, Corporal Bailey was energetic in carrying and assisting wounded men to shelter. He did this without thought for his own safety.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bailey, Kenneth Alan. (Ref. WO 373/27/483). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362993
      Further Reference
  • References
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 11 AWMM
    • Kidson, A. (1961). Petrol Company. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.51, 96-7, 177, 181, 272. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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