BAUER David Claude


About David Bauer

David Bauer was born in 1889 in Sydney, NSW to Julius & Jane Bauer. David went to school at the Melbourne Church of England School, but left for England when he was 16 years of age to attended Dulwich College for engineering.

Broome Connection

David’s father Julius was engaged in the pearling industry in Broome with business partner Shaumer from the mid 1900s. After David had finished college he joined his father in the industry, where he remained until the outbreak of World War One.

War Service

At the end of 1915 David went to England and joined the Royal Flying Corps, and after a course of instruction was granted commission and posted to a unit. After he crashed a plane he transferred to the Kite Balloon Branch. He arrived in France on 18th March 1917, and after a short time in the field was appointed to the command of his section, and was later promoted to Captain in command of No 12 Kite Balloon Company, RAF. He was awarded DFC on 3rd June 1918 for the following service.

“This Officer has commanded No 18 Balloon Section located near the Lille Gate in Ypres throughout the battles of the Second Army in the autumn of 1917. His camp was continually under shell fire from guns of large calibre, and his balloon was hit many times, but nevertheless much important work was done by his section, He showed courage and set a good example to all , and it was largely due to him that work was carried on at all under such conditions.”

David Claud became ill with pneumonia in November and died near Bapaume, and was buried at Delsaux Farm Military Cemetery.

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