|Charles Bailey was born on 5 December, 1862. I have yet to identify the names of his parents or his exact place of
He was commissioned a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 26 January, 1881
Lieutenant, the Royal Scots Fusiliers - 12 November, 1884
Seconded to the Indian Staff Corps - 5 August 1886
Captain - 13 November, 1896
Major - 12 November, 1903
Brigade-Major, 16th Bengal Cavalry - 1 June, 1904
Lieutenant-Colonel, 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers (Skinners Horse) - 12 November 1910
Temporary Colonel - 13 May, 1915
Colonel - 25 October, 1919
Retires - 25 October, 1919
Bailey's obituary in the No. 37, March 1935 issue of The Kipling Journal gives some details of his years in
service. He served in the Burma War (1885-87) first with the Royal Scots Fusiliers before transferring to the 26th
Punjabis. He was adjutant of the 16th Bengal Cavalry from 1892 to 1896 and was appointed Inspecting Officer of
Imperial Service Cavalry.
During the Anglo-Boer War he war attached to Kitchener's Horse and earned the "Cape Colony', "Paareberg" and
"Driefontein" clasps to his Queen's South Africa Medal. He also saw action at Polar Grove and Karee Siding.
Returning to India and after spending several years on the staff on the Northwest Frontier he assumed command of
the celebrated 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers - Skinner's Horse in 1912.
With the outbreak of World War I he served as Base Commandant during operations in East Africa and later at
Basra on the Tigris.
He was invalided back to India in 1917 and after recovering served in several more staff appointment along the
Northwest Frontier until being invalided once again. During the war he received several Mentions in Despatches
and was promoted Colonel for his war services.
After his retirement in 1919 Bailey returned to England and served as secretary in The Kipling Society.
Interestingly Bailey died in London on 18 January, 1936 just 10 days before the namesake of the society for which
he was secretary - Rudyard Kipling.
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