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b. 17/10/1907 Nainital, Bengal, India. d. 30/06/1949 Lagos, Nigeria.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 22/04/1930 Jijiriabahtali, India.
Clive Cyril Anthony Bayley (1908-1949) was born on 17th October 1907 in Nainital, Bengal, India. He was the son of Lytton Cecil Lambert Bayley and his wife Helen Elizabeth Gwendolin, and was baptised in Nainital on 18th November 1907. He had a brother, Vernon. His father was a Cavalry Officer in the Indian Army. Little is known about Clive’s childhood or schooling, though he did enlist and follow in his father’s footsteps.
Clive became a Trooper in the Surma Valley Light Horse, part of the Auxiliary Force of the Indian Army. By the time of the disturbances in Chittagong, Bayley was working on a tea plantation belonging to the Imperial Tea Company Ltd as a senior assistant in Sylhet which was part of Assam and which is now in Bangladesh. He belonged to the Sylhet’s Planter’s Club where he played polo and took part in shooting parties.
Between 18th-19th April 1930, raiders attacked the armouries and telephone exchange at Chittagong (where Arthur Barraclough was awarded the EGM) and then moved on by the 22nd to the outskirts of Jijiriabahtali. As well as Bayley’s unit, 20 men from the Eastern Frontier Rifles were sent to deal with them. The insurgents had occupied a wooded hill and engaged at once. Trooper Bayley, on the left of the attack, worked his way round through thick jungle and succeeded in killing three of the insurgents, including their leader, wounding several others. His helmet was shot off, but he was not injured.
Bayley was awarded the EGM of the Military Division on 24th July 1931, which would be automatically exchanged for the new George Cross in September 1940. He served in the Second World War in the Indian Army Cavalry, and was commissioned on 25th June 1940 until being discharged on 25th October 1945 where his rank on termination was Lieutenant, and he saw service in India and Italy.
Following the end of the war, Bayley moved to Nigeria, where he tragically drowned off the coast of Lagos on 30th June 1949. He was unmarried at the time of his death. His medals are privately held.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: DROWNED AT SEA OFF LAGOS, NIGERIA.