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Henry Bader

Born:
26 Shevat 5660 (26 January 1900)
Died:
1969

Basic Information

Unique reference:
BAD9490
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
26 Shevat 5660 (26 January 1900)
Place of birth:
London

Death

Date of death:
1969
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Enfield

Places

Addresses

Family home:
24 St Thomas Road South Hackney (1917)

Other Organisations

Name:
French Fire Brigade, Calais
Significance:
Joined as a way to prolong returning home, rose to the rank of Pompier First Class
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Motives behind joining the war, as told by his son Lawrence in "Jews in the Great War"

When he was 15 years old, he volunteered for the army. I have seen a copy of his signing-on declaration when he gave his name as 19 - must have been quite a lad! He was inspired to volunteer partly out of a sense of patriotism and partly because he didn't want to start work as an apprentice in his father Jacob Bader's chain of ladies hairdressing establishments in London.

Delaying his return to England and claim to fame, as told by his son Lawrence in "Jews in the Great War"

In order to delay his return, he joined the French Fire Brigade in Calais, France. He rose to the rank of Pompier Premier Classe but in 1921, there was a very rainy summer and fires were few and far between. He was made redundant.

"Good," his father Jacob said. "Now Henry will come home." But Henry was still reluctant to turn his hand to ladies hairdressing and in 1921 he joined the Royal Air Force. He was trained as a bomb-aimer and navigator and was sent to Baghdad where the UK had responsibilities.

He flew every day from Baghdad to Basra and returned to deliver forces' mail. He sat in the rear seat of an open two-seater bi-plane. The pilot for his eighteen-month service was T.E. Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia... In 1931, I arrived and I was named Lawrence to commemorate my father's brush with fame.

Family

Spouse

Gertrude Bader (female)

Children

Lawrence Bader (male)

Siblings

Marie Bader (female)
Charles Bader (male)
Morris Bader (male)
Matthew Bader (male)
Edward Bader (male)
Minnie Bader (female)

Parents

Father: Jacob Bader (male)
Mother: Rebecca Bader (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Army / Royal Air Force
Military record no.:
47763
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Bomb aimer and navigator
Assignments
Regiment:
Training Reserve
Battalion/unit:
44th Battalion
Regiment:
Royal Air Force
Posting:
Baghdad

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Ladies Hairdressing
Date started:
1925
Position:
Owner of three shops

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