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Tribute to Harry Baylis

(killed in Flanders, near Ypres, Belgium - Tuesday 11th May, 1915)
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11th May 2015 - A tribute to Harry Baylis 100 years after he was killed in WW1

Warwick Farm
Harry Baylis still rests in Flanders Fields
He has no known grave and is recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial
Harry Baylis
Harry Baylis
Watch the "Last Post" ceremony
at the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Click here

Harry Baylis was killed at Warwick Farm, Potijze, Ypres on Tuesday, 11th May 1915

He had arrived in Ypres less than a week before - on the 4th May 1915
Warwick Farm Warwick Farm
Warwick Farm on the Zonnebeke Road (from "no man's land") Warwick Farm
Warwick Farm Warwick Farm
Wawick Farm

A tribute to Harry Baylis placed on the 4th May 2015
(100 years after his arrival at Warwick Farm on 4th May 1915)

Warwick Farm and Potijze are on the outskirts of Ypres on the road to Zonnebeke and Passendale
Location of Warwick Farm [ link ] [ map ] [ aerial }
(now known as oost Bellegoed, 1 Wieltjesstraat, Ypres)

Note: Hary Baylis is recorded as Harry Bayliss in all his army records.

Harry Bayliss 3578 - Disembarkation - 4th May 1915

Harry Bayliss disembark

Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

Menim Gate inscription
The inscription on the top of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium.
To the Armies
of the British Empire
who stood here
from 1914 to 1918
and to those of their dead
who have no known grave
The memorial is to around 55,000 fallen soldiers with no known grave.

Menim Gate Memorial, Ypres
Read the poem
"In Flanders Fields"
by John McCrae (1872-1918)
Town of Ypres, Belgium
View of Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres)   Town of Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
Ypres Church
Ypres (Ieper) Church
Memorial panels at the Menim Gate
The Menin Gate is beautifully
maintained by the
[ Commenwealth War Graves Commission. ]
The Last Post
The "last post" is played
in a moving ceremony every evening.

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A service is held every evening at the Menin Gate Memorial to remember the fallen soldiers.
It started initially in July 1928 and has been held every night since !929 (excepting during part of WW2).

Watch the "Last Post" ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres. [ Click here ]

Memorial panels with the names of the fallen soldiers on the Menin Gate
Part of panel 8 of the Menim Gate
Panel 8 to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. (note the name Baylis is mis-spelt)

1914-15-star-medal British WW! medal WW1 Victory medal
The WW1 medals awarded to Harry Baylis
[ A Guide to British Campaign Medals of WW1 ]
see also British Service Medals of WW1

Harry Baylis (Bayliss) is also listed on the Kidderminster War Memorial
as he had moved to the town
see GENUKI link
Kidderminster War Memorial (in front of St Mary's Church)
Memorial and book in St Mary's and All saints Church
also see War Memorials Trust
It is not certain if this is the correct Hary Baylis

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Poem by John McCrae (1872-1918) - written on 3rd May 1915
Flanders Fields
Flanders Fields looking from the Tyne Cot memorial towards Friezenberg, Potijze and Ypres (Ieper). (photo 2004)

Ypres Salient - May 1915

Shell Trap Farm Shell Trap Farm
"Shell Trap Farm" c.1915 (also known as Mousetrap Farm) close to where Harry Baylis was before he was killed. "Shell Trap Farm" (Mousetrap Farm) in 2015 [ see link ]
Royal Warwickshire Regmt. company records extract for around the 11th May 2015
7th - 10th May 1915 [ link ]
11th - 16th May 1915 [ link ]
The Line - Shell Trap Farm (Mousetrap Farm) to Warwick Farm to Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62) [ map ]

The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was involved in The Battle of Neuve Chapelle March 1915

This appears to be shortly before Harry Baylis arrived.
Neuve Chapelle
Street scene after the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, France
map of Neuve Chapelle
Battle of Neuve Chapelle
© After Neuve Chapelle 10th March 1915 - Painting Joseph Gray 1921 - Dundee Art Galleries and Museums [more..]

The locations of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle

neuve chapelle neuve chapelle Le Creche
Neuve Chapelle - May 2015 Neuve Chapelle - May 2015 La Creche - May 2015
Le Creche Amentieres Amentieres
Royal Warwickshire Regmt. graves of 9259 Joseph Fitzgerald (left) and 3035 Allen Yapp (right) at La Creche near Armentieres - May 2015 [ see report ] Armentieres - May 2015 Armentieres - May 2015

"National Roll of the Great War" - Birmingham Edition

This "National Roll" entry (which was probably submitted by family members) now appears to be incorrect as Harry Baylis appears to have disembarked to France/Belgium on the 4th May 1915, after the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

This is the entry taken from the book "National Roll of the Great War" - Birmingham Edition
(which can be found on the 6th Floor of the Birmingham Central Library).
Bayliss H. Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
He volunteered in September 1914, and on completing his training in the following year was drafted to France. In this theatre of war he took part in several engagements including the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.
He was killed in action on March 11th, 1915 (the date should be 11th May 1915). and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory medals.
(Note. The date is incorrect and should be 11th May 1915. Also the name should be Baylis.)
The above information kindly retrieved by Terry Carter.

Below is Enos Albert Masters who married Ellen Elizabeth Baylis, the daughter of the late Harry Baylis.
Young Enos Albert Masters
a young Enos Albert Masters (son in-law of Harry Baylis)

Ronald William Masters

Ronald William Masters
the son of Enos Albert Masters and Ellen Baylis

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