Wallaville residents John and Dianne Bailey are on their way to Anzac Cove to commemorate Anzac Day.
Wallaville residents John and Dianne Bailey are on their way to Anzac Cove to commemorate Anzac Day.

A son will honour his father at Gallipoli

WALLAVILLE cane grower John Bailey will be at Gallipoli on Anzac Day 100 years after his father landed there.

Mr Bailey and his wife Dianne have already left Australia on a cruise to commemorate the landing at Anzac Cove.

Their daughter Melissa MacLennan said the couple was on board the MSC Orchestra-Gallipoli Cruise 2015.

"Although they won't be actually ashore at Anzac Cove on Anzac Day, their ship will be anchored at sea in Anzac Cove on that day and they will have toured the Anzac Cove memorial the week before," Mrs MacLennan said.

"The cruise has been specially chartered to follow the course sailed by the Australian soldiers," she said.

The cruise left from Fremantle, WA, last week and sails to Albany, which is where the soldiers embarked for Gallipoli.

The ship then sails on to Colombo, Luxor, Cairo, Gallipoli, and then on to Greece and Italy.

Mrs MacLennan said her parents would visit the Gallipoli War Memorials on April 17 as a day excursion from their ship.

On Anzac Day the ship will be anchored off shore at Anzac Cove overlooking the commemorative site.

"They will be seated on the upper deck to watch the dawn service which will be broadcast live on to a large viewing screen and then will be followed by their own service onboard the ship," she said.

"My parents will then leave Gallipoli with the ship to continue their cruise and will then disembark in Rome on April 30."

Mrs MacLennan said her grandfather, her father's father, was Pte Burnett Henry Bailey, born on December 23, 1893.

He was 21 years old when he and his younger brother rode their push bikes from their farm in Wallaville to Gin Gin, where they caught the train to Bundaberg to enlist.

"My grandfather's brother, Alexander Bailey, was accepted into the army in Bundaberg, but my grandfather, Burnett Bailey, was sent on to Brisbane to enlist as he was unable to do so in Bundaberg due to him having false teeth," Mrs MacLennan said.

"That was the last time my grandfather saw his brother until after the war," she said.

Burnett Bailey was enlisted into the 26th Battalion in Brisbane.

He boarded the Gallipoli-bound Ascanius in Brisbane on June 20, 1915.

He fought in Gallipoli until he received a shrapnel wound to the hand on December 12, 1915 and was hospitalised in Cairo.

 

While in Cairo he contracted typhoid, which nearly killed him, but he eventually recovered and returned to fight in Waincourt, France.

He was injured again on February 20, 1917, and was transported back to Cairo.

He was then sent to Bristol, England to have two fingers amputated because of the injury.

The final injury was to end his time at war and he returned to Australia on July 20, 1917, aboard the H S A14.

"We are so grateful that he was not injured severely and was able to return to Wallaville to his farm and family," Mrs MacLennan said.

"His brother Alexander also returned safely to Australian shores at the end of the war," she said.



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