James William Bailey (c.1871- 1900)
James was born in Harston and baptised there on 2 July 1871. He was the fifth of the eleven children born to farm labourer George Bailey and his wife Eliza and he grew up in Harston (1871) and then Fen Ditton (1881). He worked as a labourer before enlisting in the army on 8 June 1889. Once discharged, he worked for the Star Brewery Company in Cambridge as a drayman and served as a reservist in the Suffolk Regiment. He was called up to fight in the Boer War (1899-1902).
James died at 95 Sturton Street on 2 October 1900, having recently returned from South Africa and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 5 October 1900. The Cambridge Daily News reported ‘the funeral was attended by a large number of people from the Mill Road district and others to whom a soldier’s funeral is always an attraction. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack on which was placed the deceased’s uniform. The hearse was followed by a small squad of Suffolks and Horse Artillerymen under Sergt. Newman and these bore the coffin from the chapel to the grave’.
Parish : St Andrew the Less
by Claire Martinsen and Ian Bent