Pte. John James Bayles

John James Bayles 1898-1985

96007 Private J.J. Bayles, 13/DLI was born in 1898 at Lands Bank, the son of James and Rose, his father being a coal miner [hewer].  He initially attended Morley School then in October 1910 went to Cockfield Council School.  The family lived at Mount Pleasant, Cockfield.  John left school in 1912 when of age and was employed as a miner.  March 1916:  he attested, underwent his medical examination April 1918 and in June 1918 was called up for service.  He was posted to Seaham Harbour to join the 4th [Extra Reserve] Bn, DLI.  He entered France 19 October 1918 and may have joined 2/DLI then 13/DLI.  In December 1918 he was demobilized and continued work as a coal miner.  He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.  1985: he died aged 87.