The Rushden Echo Friday 31 August 1917 , transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier's Death - Private Frederick Bailey - Chauffeur to Mr Sartoris
We sincerely regret to report that Mrs Frederick Bailey, of 30 Wellingborough road, Rushden, has received official news that her husband 39663, Pte F Bailey, of the Beds Regt., was killed in action on August 10th. The late Pte Bailey, who was 39 years of age, leaves a widow and four children to mourn their loss. Up to the time of enlistment in October last, he was chauffeur to Mr A H Sartoris, of Rushden Hall, with whom he had been employed for four years. He came to Rushden with Sartoris when that gentleman removed here on the death of the late Mrs F Sartoris. Prior to entering the Mr Sartoris's employ, the late Pte Bailey, was for seven years in the service of Mr C E Beck, of Wooton Hall, as coachman. On enlistment he joined the A.S.C. as motor driver, but was transferred to the Bedfordshire Regiment in February last, and proceeded to the Western front in April.
The late Pte Bailey was the eldest son of Mrs W Bailey of Cranford St Andrew's and before leaving Cranford - his native village - he had been a member of the Parish Church choir for 13 years.
The news of his death will come as painful shock to his many friends and relatives in that village. Four other brothers are in the army, viz., Cpl Wm. Bailey, Driver Lewis Bailey, Driver Ernest Bailey, and Cpl Arthur Bailey.