Person - Bailey, William James (1910-1995)

Bailey, William James (1910-1995)




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Fechas de existencia:

Nueva Jersey (Estados Unidos)  1910-01-23 - San Francisco (California, Estados Unidos)  1995-02-27


William James Bailey, known also as Bill Bailey, was born on January 23, 1910 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was son of Irish immigrants, seaman and member of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) from March, 1934.

In 1935, he had 24 years when he walked on board of the Bremen, a German ship anchored in the port of New York. He boarded the ship with the intention to rip of the fluttering swastika flag from the mast of Bremen. After fighting with the German crew at first and then with the American police, he spent some time in jail.

In June 31, 1937, two years later, he arrived in Spain. He had enlisted in the International Brigades along with others 2,799

He served with in MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion of the 15th International Brigade. Later he transferred to Machine Gun Company of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion, where he was promoted to the rank of Company Commissar. His last unit was the Machine Gun Company of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion, where he had been Corporal.

He returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the “Ausonia” and in Second World War served in the Merchant Marine. During this time he became a legend for the American sailors because of actions such as fighting with the authorities.

In 1988, Bill Bailey returned to Spain to play a delicate role: to bring the ashes to Belchite of another Lincoln, his great friend and fellow trench Bill McCarthy. He wanted to spread the ashes of his friend in the air so that the rain and the wind take it, but he changed his mind and decided to carve a small grave and cut a small cross with his own hands. From it hung a plastic label with the name of McCarthy and his identification as a volunteer for the Lincoln Brigade.

Bill Bailey died on February 27, 1995, in San Francisco, California.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Nueva Jersey (Estados Unidos) in 1910-01-23

Lugar de Defunción:

San Francisco (California, Estados Unidos) in 1995-02-27



Martínez Reverte, Jorge (2014), Martínez Reverte, Jorge, Guerrilleros y traidores. De la guerra de España a la guerra fría. Madrid, Círculo de Lectores, 2014

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