Clarence Carlyle Bailey (1895-1931)

Clarence C. Bailey, c. 1917. Image courtesy of Sargent Memorial Collection, Slover Library, Norfolk, VA. SMC-MSS-0000-182-ind-c-039a.

Clarence Carlyle Bailey was born on January 19, 1895 in Norfolk, Virginia to parents William J. Bailey, who worked as a porter, and Lula, who worked as a laundress. He had two sisters, Bessie and Zenobia. The Baileys lived in the Tanner Creek neighborhood of Norfolk Virginia.  Bailey furthered his education at Norfolk Mission College and later completed junior college as well as the dental school at Howard University in Washington, DC. After graduating from dental school, Bailey passed the Maryland Dental examination in 1916 and began to serve the Norfolk community. Bailey married Caroline Carleen of Wilmington, NC on August 1, 1917, in Hampton, VA. The following year they had a child, Elizabeth M. Bailey on March 10, 1918.

Shortly after the birth of his daughter, Bailey enlisted on March 24, 1918, and went to basic training at Camp Meade, Maryland until June 12th, 1918. Bailey was a 1st Lieutenant of the 368 the Infantry 92nd Division Dental. Bailey served his military tour in France as a dentist from June 27th, 1918 until July 21st, 1919. Before being discharged from service Bailey would applied to the dental reserve corps. Bailey was committed to helping his county and stated he would always be available to help his country in its time of need. On July 31st Bailey arrived in Newport News, VA on the USS Eten and was later discharged on August 21, 1919, at Camp Lee, VA.

Clarence C. Bailey, c. 1917. Image courtesy of Sargent Memorial Collection, Slover Library, Norfolk, VA. SMC-MSS-0000-182-ind-c-040a

Bailey returned to his previous occupation as a dentist until his death on March 31th, 1931. Bailey was buried in the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.


The Dentoscope Vol 14 Issue 2 1931 available online:

World War I commission Questionaire

United States Census 1910

“Y.C.W.A”  New [Norfolk] Journal and Guide December 5, 1916

U.S National Cemetery interment control forms 1928-1962 available online:

Cilisa Irvin is a history major at Norfolk State University.