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Bernard Berman "Ben"

Born:
1895
Died:
5 Tishri 5678 (21 September 1917)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
BER5465
Other first name:
Harry
Other surname:
Saville
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1895

Death

Date of death:
5 Tishri 5678 (21 September 1917)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of Wounds
Burial place:
Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Places

Addresses

Family Home:
26 Down's Park Road Dalston (1917)
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Return from South Africa, 1917

Family legend
He moved to South Africa in 1912. On his return to England in 1917, he told his younger sisters that he had accrued high gambling debts in South Africa and had joined the army in order to leave the country, return to England and avoid his debts. This may also explain why he signed up as Harry Saville, in order to hide from anyone who could be trying to find him.

Physical Attributes as described by sister, Faye

He was around 140 pounds, 5'7 and was missing one of his little fingers. Faye said he was a champion swimmer, boxer and that his little finger was bitten off by a "black man".

Going to South Africa

When he left school, he worked for his father for a little while but when the business closed and he became unemployed, he went to South Africa.

Family

Siblings

Mathilda Berman (female)
Hyman Berman "Henry" (male)
Rebecca Berman (female)
Evelyn Berman (female)
Flossie Berman "Fay" (female)

Parents

Mother: Yetta Shindler (female)
Father: Harris Berman (male)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
11802
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1917
Date discharged/death:
21 September 1917
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Assignments
Regiment:
South African Infantry
Battalion/unit:
4th Regiment

Roll of Honour

B. (SAVILLE, H) BERMAN, 02 June 1917

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Private
Date of Death:
21/09/1917
Age:
Regiment / service:
4th Regt., South African Infantry
Cemetery:
Nine Elms British Cemetery
Grave reference:
I. C. 14.
Additional information:

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Handyman
Date started:
1914
Date left:
1917
Organisation:
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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