Guy Horsman Bailey was born in Streatham, his father Edward Horsman Bailey was a solicitor. Educated at Malvern college and then Brasenose College, Oxford where he gained a B.A in 1914.
He enlisted into the East Anglian brigade Royal Field Artillery in 1914.
Malvern College memorial project give the following details from a letter written after his death, “By the death of Guy Bailey the Service has lost an Artillery officer of no small promise. His interest and keenness in soldiering was of long standing"
At School he devoted an exceptional amount of time to work in the Cadet Corps. At Oxford his interests were divided between rowing and O.U, O.T.C. He rowed in his College Eight for four years, and was Sergeant-Major of the University Battery. On leaving Oxford he joined the 4th East Anglian Brigade R.F.A., and in March 1915 was selected for a commission in the Regular Artillery. He took part in the landing on Lancashire Beach on April 25th, and was one of the last to embark at the final evacuation of Cape Hellas. He was mentioned in despatches for work in Gallipoli and received the Military Cross.
In August 1915 he was transferred to the R.HA., and a year later obtained his captaincy. For three months before his death on Feb. 28th, he was in command of his battery. As a boy he displayed and developed those qualities which marked his after career—a strong sense of duty, courage, force of character and no fear of responsibility.
A bold horseman, well known in the Heythrop country, with a real love for horses, he was in his element in the Horse Artillery. Many will mourn the loss of a loyal friend and true sportsman”. They also state that he Lived at Foxholes, Chipping Norton, Oxford.
As a Lieutenant, took over command of a neigbouring battery during the prelude to the battle of the Somme on the 28th June 1916 as its Commanding Officer was injured. Killed by a shell at about 3pm on the 28th February 1917.
At time of death was a Captain, but acting Major, which was subsequently confirmed. CWGC website states he was 25 at the time of his death and was commanding “L” Battery 15th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery