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West Bromwich MP's gift to Tipton library

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 14, 2014

Adrian Bailey MP with the cabinet of mementoes he has presented to Tipton Library

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HIS grandfather's sailor's hat, a picture of HMS Orion and wartime postcards are just a few of the family items which local MP Adrian Bailey is loaning to Tipton Library in memory of the activities taking place all over the country to mark the beginning of World War One.

They have been passed on through several generations of Adrian's family of the wartime adventures of his grandfather, William Bayliss, which remain in excellent condition despite their age and their travels.

The artefacts include:

A sailor's hat in its original tin from HMS Orion.

A full service record and hatbands from the ships on which he served including HMS Vivid and HMS Conqueror.

A picture of HMS Orion.

Family postcards and birthday cards from Adrian's grandmother to his grandfather.

Postcard of HMS Orion.

A sailor's top part of the tunic.

A log book of the ships Adrian's grandfather served on

Adrian Bailey MP West Bromwich West, said: "My grandfather was only 16 years old when he joined the Navy in 1908 and retired in 1922. He served throughout the war and saw action at the biggest naval engagement of all in the First World War at the Battle of Jutland (1916). Amazingly he and my grandmother married 10 days after that battle."

Adrian added: "I have been fascinated by this collection which I am delighted has remained in my family and I know it will prove of equal interest to the people of Tipton. I would be particularly interested to hear from local people who could identify the medals."

With Zeppelin raids and whole streets of families going to war, Tipton was right in the thick of World War One activity.

As Robert Hazel, Library manager at Tipton Library explains: "We already have an extensive First World War collection which demonstrates the hardships of life for the people of Tipton then. All these items are enjoyed by young and old alike, bringing back many memories in some cases. I know these additional contributions from Adrian will be greatly welcomed and prove immensely popular and interesting to those who visit and use our library."

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