The Herbert Bayliss who returned to Upper Holloway in 1902 was probably very different from the boy who had left two years earlier. As the youngest of the Bayliss brothers he had no doubt been dominated by his elder siblings. He was eighteen going on nineteen, he had travelled to Africa which was certainly more exotic than Upper Holloway! Army life was tough - even tougher in wartime - and there is little doubt that Bert came back an independent young man. He returned to find that none of his family were living in the house where he had been born - his older brother Charlie (Albert Charles) had married the daughter of the local police constable and had moved across Anatola Road to live in her family house. As 7 Anatola Road had been owned by Herbert's grandfather and presumably had remained in the family during Charles William's and Albert Charles tenure it is possible that after his marriage Albert Charles had continued as the landlord of the property. Needing accomodation Herbert took a room at 38 Brunswick Road (another of the close knit group of streets that formed Highgate New Town) where he found the Abbotts sisters living.
|St.Peter's Church before its conversion into|
Sadly, no pictures from this period seem to have survived. The nearest we can get is a studio photograph of Herbert taken, I believe, circa 1913/14. It shows Bert as a handsome man still proudly wearing his Queen's South Africa medal (although the ribbon is missing).
|Herbert Bayliss (1883-1918)|