Sergeant, Headquarters Company, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, U.S. Army. Son of Allyn Richard Bayly and Sarah Elizabeth Beers Bayly; brother of Hazel Bayly. Civilian occupation: Stationary fireman, State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas. In his youth he had worked with his father in the gold fields of Colorado as a "sampler," sorting the gold nuggets according to their size. Entered the army from Kansas; home of record: Tar River, Oklahoma. Had previously served four years in the United State Marine Corps. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. From his citation: "For extraordinary heroism in action near Rémonvile, France, October 22, 1918. When the advance was checked by sever machine-gun fire Sergt. Bayly, who was in charge of a one-pounder section, volunteered to open fire on the nest with a Stokes mortar. Holding the mortar between his legs, he put it into action immediately and silenced the machine-gun nest, allowing the advance to continue He was killed by shell fire several days later."
SERGT. 353 INF. 89 DIV.