Bailey, Ernest Lionel (Corporal, b.1887 - d.1918)

Place Europe: France
Accession Number 1DRL/0081
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 3 cm.
Object type Letter, Diary, Document
Maker Bailey, Ernest Lionel
Various
Place made France
Date made 1916-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/54
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Collection relating to the First World War service of 2585 Corporal Ernest Lionel Bailey, I ANZAC Corps Salvage Section, 1916-1918. Collection consists of a diary covering February-March 1918 in which he records his travels on the Western Front collecting material for the Australian War Records Section [AWRS]; and a notebook containing names, measurement conversions, and some rough notes.

There are also 14 letters written by Bailey to his family. Most are addressed to his wife Emily, whom he affectionately calls 'Aimee' and cover the period October 1916 to April 1918. All the letters display his affection for his wife and desire to be back home with her. Other topics include: life in the trenches; his feelings after the death of his friend Harry McInerney and later of other Salvage Corps members; and his work with the AWRS.

Also included are a number of other letters written to Bailey from different correspondents, including two from the brother of his friend Harry McInerney who died; plus a few passes, notes, and leave and rail tickets. Following Bailey's death on 17 May 1918, is a touching letter from Charles Bean to Major John Treloar complimenting Bailey's fine character 'He was a splendid man, keen and intensely trustworthy', and the great work he did 'More than any man I know he was responsible for the founding of this Australian War Museum with such a splendid series of exhibits'. Bean concludes the letter asking Treloar to pass on his 'deepest and most sincere sympathies to his wife', and says 'I have lost a friend and Australia a right good loyal trustworthy worker in the cause of her great records.'