Regiment : B Company 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 241003
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 29 on 19th August 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 75 to 77.
Relatives : Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bayliss, of Newport St, Worcester; husband of Mary Ellen Bayliss 18 Sidbury, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester All Saints Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall
Credits : Casualty details and Berrow's Worcester Journal Supplement researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor. Medal Roll, War memorial minutes and Berrow Worcester Journal report researched and transcribed by Paul Hudson.
Enlisted and resident Worcester.
Awarded Victory and British War Medals. War Memorial minutes, available at Worcestershire Archives – ” Sent in response to an advertisement in the Press. This man is also marked as dead on the “Roll of Honour” but not transferred to “R.I.P” list. Newport St”
Berrow’s Worcester Journal: 15th September 1917:
An Example to his Comrades
Pte. J.A.Bayliss, Worcestershire Regt. (T.F.), has been killed in action. He was the husband of Mrs Bayliss, of 8 Foundry Street, Worcester. He had been in the army for three years and for 13 months at the front. Formerly he was employed by Messers Hardy & Padmore.
His Commanding Officer says of him, “He is a great loss to all of us, and always did his duty, and showed a very fine example of coolness and bravery which, I feel sure, greatly helped other men to do theirs. As a married man I feel I can sympathise to a greater extent, because I realise what a terrible blow it is for you, but be comforted by the fact that he died like a man for his King and country.”
A solider chum said that Pte. Bayliss was killed during an attack, and adds: “We miss him badly, and he was always cheerful and kind hearted to everyone, and, best of all, he was a very good soldier, both on and off duty.
A photograph of Private J.A. Bayliss can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 15th September 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.
John Bayliss has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Tyne Cot Memorial.