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Sir Donald Coleman Bailey

Sir Donald Coleman Bailey

Birth
Rotherham, Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Death 5 May 1985 (aged 83)
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Burial Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England
Memorial ID 18702 · View Source
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Inventor. Born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England, he was most noted for his develop of a multi-span bridge known as the Bailey Bridge used in various guises in all theatres of the World War II. Educated at Sheffield University, he received several degrees in Engineering, plus a Doctorate of Engineering. He joined the War Office in 1928, as a civil engineer designer at the Military Engineering Experimental Establishment for providing temporary spans capable of taking heavy loading over water ways. In 1940, he solved the problem of providing temporary spans capable of taking heavy loading over water crossings. By the end of World War II, his design had built over 2000 bridges that enabled some 700,000 panels of about 350 miles of bridging. He was knighted in 1946, was promoted to senior principal scientific officer at the MEXE, where he later became director and retired in 1966. He died at age 83 in Dorset, England.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 3 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18702
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Donald Coleman Bailey (15 Sep 1901–5 May 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18702, citing St Peter Churchyard, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .