LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Henry Michael De BATHE

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 764 (Australian Army)
Born: London, England, February 1889
Enlisted in the Army: 26 December 1914
Unit: No. 56 Training Depot Station RAF, Cranwell, Lincolnshire
Died: Aircraft Accident, England, 4 November 1918, Aged 29 Years
Buried: West Stoke (St Andrew) Churchyard, Sussex
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Grace de Bathe, of 85 Eccleston Square, Westminster, London, and the late Henry Percival de Bathe. Enlisted in 5th Australian Light Horse, Nov., 1914.  Gazetted to 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, February 1916
Place of Association: Brisbane QLD (location of enlistment)
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lieutenant De Bathe resigned from the Australian Army and accepted a Commission in the British Army on 28 October 1915.

On 4 November 1918, Lieutenant De Bathe was killed in the crash Avro 504 aircraft D8916 after it collided in the air with BE2 aircraft 8409 flown by Captain Hugh Sutherland RAF who also was killed. Cadet James Hops RAF flying under instruction in 8409 was slightly injured.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, DE BATHE H M
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card 269330, 73727

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