William Bailey was unable to pass the medical examination for enlistment in the AIF and so decided to join the British Labour Corps instead so that he could still serve his King and country. Bailey departed Tasmania on the Geelong in October 1914 along with the men of the first contingent. From Egypt he made his way to England and enlisted on 1 September 1915. He spent a total of 4 years and 5 days with the Labour Corps that did valuable work to support the troops in the front line often putting their own lives in danger.
Unveiled by Brigadier Haydn Kohl, Director General Military Vehicles with Major Falloon, 12th/40th Battalion