The son of Alfred and Harriet Bayliss, David was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. In 1891, they were living at 16 Noakes Buildings, Wolverhampton, together with David’s brothers Thomas, Charlie, George and John, sisters Elizabeth and Clara, and a boarder, James Brown. They were at the same address in 1901.By 1911, David was a Private in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 8477), and was still serving at the outbreak of war.
David was killed in action on 26 October 1914. An article appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 20 February 1915, which now gave his home address as 23 Vale Place, Merridale Street, Wolverhampton. According to the article, David was a keen boxer and had been heavyweight champion of the 1st South Staffords. David is commemorated at Perth Cemetery (China Wall) in Belgium, and he may be the “D. Bayliss” listed on the St Paul’s Church war memorial.