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Bailey, Joseph Edward

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British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Capt. Joseph Edward Bailey served in the Royal Tank regiment and Royal Engineers. He received the MBE and MC for distinguished service in North Africa and Italy. He was called up at the outbreak of war and had the initially rank of Bombadier and was repatriated to the UK at Dunkirk. He then attended Sandhurst Military Academy.

Capt. Bailey died in 1994.

?: Cadet;
February 1st, 1941: 2nd Lieutenant;
?: temporary Captain.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Temporary Captain
12th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment, 21st Tank Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1943
"This Officer is Technical Adjutant. It was almost entirely due to his untiring efforts that a large number of Tanks were kept in Battle. He repeatedly visited broken down Tanks by day and by night in many occaisions under fire. At SI MEIHENNE he was wounded in the head while with a tank on mine field, but after 48 hours rest returned to duty with undiminished energy. His energy and determination maintained the standard of his fitters staff at the highest pitch during a very tiring and trying period.
Period of action 24 Apr to 12 May 1943 with 4 Div."
WO 373/71/193.
LG 36180/4214.
Military Division.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
"This officer has carried out the duties of Regtl. Technical Adjutant with untiring energy and has worked ceaselessly to keep the tanks on the road throughout the operations.
During the fighting which led up to the consolidation on the EAST bank of the R.SENIO, one tank became casualty at night and had to be abandoned as it was forward of our FDLs in the area 366373. On the 6th January 1945 Capt. Bailey moved up in an ARV and under a very heavy concentration of enemy shell and mortar fire he dismounted and worked on the tank until he was able to withdraw it into cover where it could be repaired.
This Officer's determination and initiative has been evident throughout all the previous operations.
During the crossing of the R.MARANO (MR 888904) on 14 Sep 1944, he was working with his fitters on a tank casualty under very heavy and continuous fire when he was knocked out by a shell which landed within a few feet of the tank. Capt. Bailey refused to be evacuated and carried on until his work on the tank had been completed.
On 17 and 18 Sep 1944 during the operations on the SAN LORENZO feature (M.R. 8691), this officer worked continuously for 40 hours recovering tank casualties on the battlefield, and, throughout this time, he was under heavy shell and small arms fire, and constant sniping from the flanks.
I cannot speak to highly of Captain Bailey's courage and devotion to duty, and the fact that the regiment have alway had the maximum number of tanks on the road has been entirely due to his work."
WO 373/12/83.
LG 37151/3376.


  • - National Archives data sheets WO/373/12, WO/373/71 on MC and MBE
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 18th February 1941, Issue 35082, dated 21st February 1941
    - Supplement to The London Gazette of 21st September 1943, Issue 36180, dated 23rd Setpember 1943
    - Supplement to The London Gazette of 26th June 1945, Issue 37151, dated 28th June 1945