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Eric George BAILEY, GC (Posthumously)

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No. & Rank at the Time of Action: Sergeant

Unit/Occupation: New South Wales Police Force

Date and Place of Birth: 14th October 1906, Tenterfield, New South Wales

Family:He married Florence and had a son John and a daughter Doreen. Florence died in 1985. From

Peter Benson - .." was able to tell me that Eric Bailey's son went on to become a police officer and has since retired. The inspector said that he worked with him at Wollongong. He thinks his name was Jim but wasn't sure. He also said that he retired with the rank of Sergeant First Class."

Early Life: At the age of 16 became an officer of the Postmaster-General’s Dept. Joined the NSW Police on 16th March 1927 attached to No. 4 Station at Sydney. Transferring to ‘The Rock’, a township about 20 miles from Wagga Wagga, on 17th Sept 1928. He remained there until May 1929, then transferred to Gundagai for three years. From May 1932 until April 1939 he was stationed successively at Narrandera, Deniliquin and Balrandal in Southern Western NSW. Promoted to 1st Class Constable on 23rd April 1938 and soon after on 20th April 1939 transferred to Moruya. Whilst here he was highly commended for his part in the aid and rescue of a fishing trawler, Dureenbee which had been attacked by a Japanese submarine on the 3rd August 1942. He had been stationed at Blayney for just eight days before he was killed in his GC action.

Date and Place of GC Action: 12th January 1945, Adelaide Street, Blayney, N.S.W., Australia. The hotel as it looks now in 2004.Source: Peter Benson

The London Gazette: 29th October 1946