Regiment : 210th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Formerly 989, 2nd S.M. Brigade (Territorial), Royal Field Artillery.
Service number : 166736
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 22 on 29th September 1917
Buried : Gwalia Cemetery, Belgium, Grave II. C. 21.
Birthplace : Born All Saints, Worcester, enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Baylis, 29 Blackfriars, Broad St, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester All Saints Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall
Credits : Casualty details and Berrow's Worcester Journal researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor. Parish records, census returns and Medal Roll researched and transcribed by Paul Hudson.
All Saints Parish Register:
16th June 1895 – Baptism of Samuel, Son of Thomas and Emma, Blackfriars, labourer
Samuel Baylis, age 5.
With parents – Thomas, age 39; and Emma age 33.
Samuel Baylis, 15, Yarn washer, born Worcester
With Mother: Emma Baylis, age 43, widow, hair cloth weaver, and 6 children aged 9-22
Awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Territorial Forces War Medal?
The following report appears in Berrow’s Worcester Journal, 13th October 1917:
Bombardier S. Bayliss R.F.A., son of Mrs Bayliss of 29 Blackfriars, Worcester was killed in action on September 29th. In a letter of sympathy to the mother, an officer says: “It will I know, be a great consolation to you to know that he suffered no pain whatever. We officers have learnt to respect and admire the men of this battery both as gunners and friends, and we feel very keenly the loss of a comrade. I say this in all sincerity.” Bdr Bayliss was in the Territorial Artillery before war broke out, and went to the front early in 1915. He has three soldier brothers; George is in the R.F.A. Tom, who was in the R.F.A., has been discharged disabled, and Jack is in the Hampshires.
A photograph of Bombardier S. Baylis can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 10th November 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.