Regiment : 100th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service number : 164406
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 29th September 1918
Buried : Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France, Panel 10.
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourport High School formerly in Stourport Boys School surname spelt Bayliss.
Credits : Researched by Adrian Carter.
Additional information on the memorial: Pte
Jesse Baylis was the youngest son of the late George and Rebecca Bayliss of Lion Hill, Stourport. The youngest of four brothers who have served in the war. He joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry in September 1915 and was in training close to where Zeppelin L29 came down at Cuffey and was one of the guard mounted over it. He was sent to Egypt in 1916, fought in all battles till the capture of Jerusalem, when he was sent to France. Embarking on the SS Leasows Castle, the ship was torpedoed and sunk on 26th May 1918 and Jesse was picked up and taken to Alexandria. On the 3rd April 1918 the Warwickshire and South Nottinghamshire Yeomanry were amalgamated to form the 100th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Arriving in France in June 1918, he was with the Midland Division which stormed the Hindenburg Line in the St. Quentin canal area and met his death there.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Shuttle, 19th October 1918.
An obituary for Jesse Bayliss appears in the Stourport Parish Magazine for December 1918.
He is recorded on the headstone of Charles Baylis (died 1932), grave D43, Stourport Churchyard.