Ronald M. Bailey
Person Male Born 4/8/1915 Died 20/4/1941
Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941.
Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Auxiliary Fireman Ronald Mark Bailey was born on 4 August 1915 in Balham, the elder son of Mark Bailey and Violet Rosina Bailey, née Mann. His father was a Foreman but later in life became a Railway Inspector. He was baptised on 29 August 1915 at The Ascension, Balham Hill, Malwood Road, London, SW12 and the family were living at 28 Dinsmore Road, Balham. Electoral registers show that by 1931 the family had moved to 10 Waldo Place, Mitcham, Surrey and to 31 Gorringe Park Avenue, Mitcham, by 1936. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows that he was still living at this address and that his occupation was an Assistant Buyer of Babies Prams. He was also shown as a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service at Mitcham, but subsequently transferred to Beckenham.
In late 1939 he married Stella Irene Lillian Taylor and it is recorded on a public members family tree on ancestry.co.uk that they travelled from their wedding on a fire engine. They lived at 81 Links Road, Tooting. He died when a German bomb landed on Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station 24U, which was housed in Old Palace LCC School, St. Leonards Street, Poplar, aged 25 years, on 20 April 1941. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £475-0s-0d.
Our Picture source says the photo, taken in 1936, shows Bailey with his future wife, Stella.