Shoeing Smith Corporal Thomas Bailey



Thomas Bailey was most probably the son born on 7 March 1878 at Allan, Cookstown, County Tyrone, to blacksmith James Bailey and his wife Margaret (nee Wallace). He was the second of their five children.

By 1901 he was living with his family at Edenmore, Florence Court, County Fermanagh. He followed his father into the blacksmith's trade.

Bailey enlisted in the North Irish Horse on its formation at Newbridge on 6 July 1908 (No.180). It is likely therefore that he had served in the regiment's predecessor, the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry, which was disbanded at Newbridge at the same time.

He embarked for France in 1916 or 1917, either with a reinforcement draft or as part of D Squadron of the North Irish Horse.

On 1 October 1917 he was discharged as no longer physically fit for military service (Paragraph 392 xvi King's Regulations).


The image above shows Bailey (at rear) in late November 1914. The full picture can be seen here.