|The Post Office Rifles on parade at King Edward Buildings, London|
Of course, Herbert Bayliss was not the only one to do "his bit" during The Great War. Bert's older brother, Albert Charles - or Charlie as he was better known - was already in the forces at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914. Charlie, although working for the Post Office, was a member of the Territorial Army - specifically the 8th Battalion London Regiment, better known as The Post Office Rifles. Sadly, Charlie's army records have not survived so we know virtually nothing of his service in the military. We do know that in April 1913 he had achieved the rank of Corporal because of a hand written notation on the enlistment papers of his son Alfred, asking that a copy of the papers be forwarded to "Cpl. C. Bayliss". By the end of the war Charlie had risen to the rank of sergeant.
|Alfred Percy Bayliss in uniform|
|A rather more stressed looking Alfred after his|
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There were two other brothers who also served in the Post Office Rifles : Oliver Charles (born 1893) and Hector George (born 1899). At this stage I know little about either except that Oliver is described as a soldier on his 1918 marriage certificate. Although their records do not seem to have survived I have hopes of discovering more details of their careers (both military and postal) when I visit the Royal Mail Archives early next year.
Another of Herbert's brothers, George, served in the Royal Navy during the war.
TO BE CONTINUED....