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Fred Bailey was born on 20th September 1932 in Southfields, London, SW18. He started work at 15 as an office junior in the post room of a wholesale woollen merchants in Saville Row, W1. He remained with the same firm for 22 years, rising to Export Manager.

In 1969 he moved to Hungerford having been offered a job in Lambourn, but that folded after seven months. He had three further sales jobs, often travelling to Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

Fred married twice and had four childrend and four grandchildren.

He retired in 1997 although continued a part-time job as a Sales Consultant for some years.

Fred joined the Hungerford Historical Association in 1981, served on the Committee, as Secretary and as Chairman on various occasions. He researched and gave talks on John of Gaunt, Robert Bruce and the North American Civil War 1862-91.

He was a keen badminton player, and enjoyed watching sport especially football and cricket.

In 1999-2000 he was chairman of the committee that researched and wrote the book "Hungerford - A History" (published Nov 2000), and was successful in gaining angrant from the Millenium "Awards for All" Lottery Fund.