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Alfred John Bailey (1867-1941), director of Sir W. H. Bailey and Co

1867 Born son of William Henry Bailey

1941 Obituary [1]

Colonel ALFRED JOHN BAILEY, C.B.E., T.D., whose death at the age of 73 years occurred on 18th August 1940, had been governing director since 1904 of Sir W. H. Bailey and Company, of Manchester, and had been identified with that firm for the whole of his professional career, including his apprenticeship from 1885 to 1888. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Victoria University, Manchester.

During his long association with Messrs. Bailey, he was responsible for many inventions, including renewable seats for high-pressure steam valves, recording instruments for water level and for speeds and pressure of fluids, and carburettors and a silencer for petrol engines. Colonel Bailey had a long connection with the Volunteer Force and Territorial Army, having joined the 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in 1896. In 1915 he recruited the 3rd Line Group of the East Lancashire Division and was appointed its Colonel in Command. He was awarded the C.B.E. and the T.D. in 1918, and was a member of the East Lancashire Territorial and Air Force Association.

At the outbreak of war in 1939 he became a member of the Examining Board of the Reserve of Officers. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1929, and was a governor of the Royal Technical College, Salford.

1940 Obituary [2]

Colonel A. J. Bailey, governing director of Sir W. H. Bailey and Co., Ltd., engineers, of Manchester, died at Chaseley, Bowden, Cheshire, on August 18, 1940.

Born in 1867, Alfred John Bailey was the eldest son of the late Sir William Bailey, of Sale Hall, Cheshire, and was educated at Manchester Grammar School and at Victoria University, Manchester.

In 1896 he joined the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, and from 1914 to 1915 commanded the 2nd/7th Battalion of the regiment. From 1915 to 1916 he was colonel in command of the third-line units of the East Lancashire Division. He was a member of the East Lancashire Territorial and Air Force Association; was governor of the Royal Technical College, Salford; and was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Metals, to which he was elected in 1922.

Among Colonel Bailey's many inventions were valves for high-pressure steam pumps; recording instruments for speeds, water level, and pressure; testing machines for oils; and carburettors and silencers for petrol engines.

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