British Community and Family History
William "Bill" Bailey was born in Santos-o-Velho, Lisbon, in 1918 in a house which today is the home of the Entidade Legalizadora para a Comunicação Social. It is a large yellow building on the western side of Largo de Santos and at the time overlooked the Lisbon Electric Tramways (LET) power station on the riverside (Later to become a Lisnave workshop), where his father John T. Bailey, a mechanical engineer, worked to ensure that Lisbon was never short of power. John T. Bailey was recruted by the LET in 1914 and came to Lisbon where he met and married Nellie King in 1915.
He had a distinguished war record and then became a leading member of the British Community in Portugal. His obituary in The Times in 1985 stated that "few men have equalled his exceptional gallantry".
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