Mr George Bailey was born in Lambeth, London, England in 1868 and he was baptised in St Barnabas' Church in Kennington, Surrey on 19 February 1871.
He was the son of Edward Bailey (b. 1836), a carman 1 and Emily Hiscock (b. 1832), natives of Chertsey, Surrey and Ringwood, Hampshire respectively who had married in London in 1858.
He had three known siblings: Emily (1859-1939), Agnes Jemima (1861-1941) and James (b. 1870).
He first appears on the 1871 census when he was a resident of Thorne Street in Lambeth; by 1881 the family address was 28 Cavendish Grove and a 14-year-old George had already left school and was working as an errand boy. What became of his parents is not certain but by the time of the 1891 census he and his younger brother James were living with their married sister Agnes (Mrs William Henry Herns),2 the wife of a butcher, at 57 Wellington Road, Lambeth; George was then described as a grocer's assistant. By 1901 Bailey and his brother James, a grocery clerk, were still living with Agnes and he was still a grocer's assistant; their address then was 60 Jasman (?) Road, Lambeth.
When Bailey first went to sea is not known; he was aboard Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton and when he signed on for the maiden voyage on 4 April 1912 he gave his previous ship as the Olympic; as a first class saloon steward he could expect monthly wages of £3, 15s. He specified his address as Brooklands on Green Lane in Shepperton, Middlesex and which was the home address of his married sister Emily Catling who lived with her husband William Catling (b. 1847), a brick maker originally from Brentwood, Essex.3
George Bailey died in the sinking and his body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#161) and was buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912.
NO. 161. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 40. - HAIR, DARK.
CLOTHING - Rain coat over ship's uniform.
NO MARKS ON BODY.
SECOND CLASS STEWARD No. 5.
NAME - C. F. BAILLEY.
His sister Emily continued to live at Brooklands for the rest of her life; never having had any children, she was widowed in 1929 and died on 9 April 1939. His sister Agnes died in Battersea on 3 November 1941 but what became of his brother James is not certain.