Sergeant Ewart Gladstone Bayley, the son of Reverend James Mollineaux Bayley and Selina Josephine Bayley (nee Fisher), was born at Sydney in New South Wales on 17th July 1893. He was educated at the Toowoomba Grammar School. At the age of 46 years he was mobilized into the Australian Military Force at Gaythorne in Brisbane on 26th June 1940. He had previously served in the 47th Canadian Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium during World War 1. At the time of his mobilization he was married, residing with his wife at 132 Taylor Street in Toowoomba and employed as a Farmer. His physical description at the time of enlistment was that he had black hair and brown eyes. He stated that he was of the Congregational religion. He gave his next of kin as his wife, Mrs Freda Bayley, residing at 138 Taylor Street in Toowoomba.
Sergeant Ewart Bayley was allotted the regimental number of Q187502 and he was allocated to No. 1 Garrison Battalion at Gaythorne. He was transferred to No. 15 Garrison Battalion at Townsville on 30th November 1940. He was granted recreational leave during the period 8th July until 28th July 1941. He was transferred back to No. 1 Garrison Battalion at Gaythorne on 28th April 1942. He was transferred to the Queensland Line of Communication Records Office at Warwick in Queensland on 10th March 1943 as an Acting Clerk (Trade Group 3). He was promoted to the rank of Acting Corporal on 21st May 1943 and to the rank of Corporal on 4th August 1944. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on 4th June 1945.
Sergeant Ewart Bayley was admitted to the Repatriation General Hospital at Greenslopes in Brisbane on 19th May 1947. He was placed on the seriously ill list on 24th May 1947 and he died of illness at 1445 hours on 2nd June 1947. He was buried in the Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane. At the time of his death Ewart Bayley was 53 years of age. For his service during World War 2 he had entitlement for the War Medal. Ewart Bayley’s name is commemorated on Panel No. 10 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Toowoomba Grammar School archive records show that he enrolled as a day student on 30th January 1907 and that he left the School on 18th December 1908. His parent was shown as Mr James Mollineaux Bayley, Clergyman, The Range, Toowoomba. He was awarded a trophy for being the best all-round player in one of the In-school teams. He vice-captained the Under Fourteen XV Rugby team in the Inter-Schools Competition and participated in a number of other sports.
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