400. Ronald Ernest Bailey
Another Road Tragedy
POPULAR YOUNG MAN LOSES LIFE
HIS host of district friends were shocked to hear of the tragic death of a popular young St. Albans resident, Mr. Ronald Ernest Bailey, in a collision near Pitt Town on Wednesday evening last. DECEASED, who was only 29 years of age, had been to Windsor with his wife and family to visit his father, Mr. H. E. Bailey, who is in the District Hospital, and was returning home shortly before 7 p.m., driving through light rain, when at a spot on the Wiseman's Ferry road just beyond Pitt Town his car was involved in a collision with a motor lorry, deceased receiving fatal injuries.
His wife sustained concussion, lacerations to the face and ears, and shock; his son, Edwin (three years of age), fractured right jaw and other head injuries and shock; his baby daughter, Rhonda (fifteen months), severe shock; and his sister, Miss Olive Bailey, facial lacerations and severe shock. Mr. Lindsay Robinson (26), also of St. Albans, received hip and thigh injuries, facial lacerations and shock. The Hawkesbury Ambulance, when called, despatched two waggons to the scene and rendered first-aid treatment, then conveyed the injured to the District Hospital, where they were admitted. From the nature of his injuries, it was obvious that deceased had been killed instantly.
Appreciated assistance was rendered the ambulance officers by residents, and particularly by Mr. Tolson, of Maroota, who accompanied the ambulance to Windsor, nursing one of the injured children, continuing to comfort the child at the hospital until, the more seriously injured had been treated. Concerning the sad affair, our St. Albans correspondent writes : —
Residents were distressed to hear of the tragic death of Mr. Ronald Bailey. The funeral, which took place on Friday, when the interment in the Church of England portion of the St. Albans cemetery was conducted by the Rev. F. Slater, was very largely attended by friends and relatives, and there has seldom been seen such a prolific display of floral tributes. Deceased was the younger son of Mr. Henry Bailey. Born in 1919, his comparatively brief life had been spent in the McDonald Valley. In 1942 he married Miss Beryl Fleming, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Fleming, of Central McDonald. He leaves two small children, Edwin and Rhonda, to comfort his bereaved wife. A member of tennis and cricket clubs, a keen rider, prominent always in all athletic and sporting events in the district—especially those organised in aid of patriotic and humane causes—his ready smile and cheery manner will be sadly missed by all. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and small ones, his father, brother and sister-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bailey) sisters Vera (Mrs. Fernance) and Olive, and all relatives.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 31 Mar 1948