Eric George Bailey

Eric George Bailey

Eric George Bailey

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Eric George Bailey GC (14 October 1906 – 12 January 1945) was a Sergeant with the New South Wales Police Force who was posthumous awarded the George Cross, the highest British (and Commonwealth) award for bravery out of combat.

The full citation was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 25 October 1946 and read:



Bailey had joined the Postmaster-General's Department at the age of 16. He joined the police on 16 March 1927, initially based at Sydney's No.4 Station. He later transferred to the station at The Rock, a small township about 20 miles from Wagga Wagga on 17 September 1928. In May 1929 he transferred to Gundagai, and then from May 1932 to April 1939 served successively at Narrandera, Deniliquin and Balranald. He was promoted to constable first class on 23 April 1938. On 20 April 1939 he moved again, this time to Moruya, here he was highly commended for his part in the rescue of survivors from the fishing trawler, Dureenbee, which had been attacked by a Japanese submarine on 3 August 1942. He was transferred for the final time, to Blayney, just eight days before his death. He was survived by his wife Florence, daughter Doreen, and son John, who himself later became a police officer.

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