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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Bailey, Robert Nixon Armstrong


Major Robert Nixon Armstrong Bailey
was born in 1882. 

He was the son of the Rev. William Henry Bailey MA and Eleanor O. Bailey of The Manse, Clogher (Clogher Presbyterian Church).
Following his education at Dungannon Royal School, Bailey would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1899 / 1900. 

In 1901, Bailey was boarding in house 20, William Street, Fair Gate, Drogheda, Co. Louth.  His occupation is described as a Bank Clerk.  By 1911, Bailey was boarding in house 25, Glenmanus, Ballylagan, Co. Londonderry.  His occupation is described as a Banker. 

He was working in Head Office and had also worked in Ballymena and Portrush branches.
Bailey enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion and also served with the 2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry and attained the rank of Major. 

He is reported in the Belfast Banking Company 'Roll of Honour' booklet as being 'previously wounded' with his last known address as 'in France'.

The Belfast News Letter of 26th April 1916 reports:





The Belfast News Letter of 27th March 1919 reports:







The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

2nd Highland Light Infantry, Captain
2nd Highland Light Infantry, Temporary Captain
Labour Corps, Major


Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Bailey returned to work eventually ending up as Manager of Whitehead branch. 
Retirement came in 1946. 
He died on 29th September 1957.


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