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Lieut Robert Hamilton Bernays

Hendon, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Death 23 Jan 1945 (aged 42)
At Sea
Burial Cassino, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
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His brother, Lieutenant Colonel John Stewart Noall BERNAYS, also served and fell during the Second World War.

While still a Member of Parliament, Lieutenant Robert Hamilton Bernays joined the Army in 1942 as a sapper and later received his commision in the Royal Engineers. He died in an aircraft crash in the Adriatic Sea while flying from Italy to Greece as part of a parliamentary delegation to visit British troops.

Military Service-
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 136061
Age: 42
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers

Son of the Revd. Prebendary Stewart Frederick Lewis Bernays, O.B.E. MA, CF, and Lillian Jane (Stephenson) Bernays; husband of Nancy Britton) Bernays of Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England.
Robert H. Bernays was educated at Rossall School and Worcester College, Oxford. He later became Major Exhibitioner of Worcester College; he was President of Oxford Union in 1925.
Following his university education, he became a journalist on the 'Daily News' (later called the 'News Chronicle'), practising this profession until deciding to work in politics. A member of the Liberal party, he travelled to Australia and to India. His journey to India resulted in his writing, ‘Naked Fakir’, the story of Mahatma Gandhi; the book was published in 1931.
He served as the M.P. for Bristol (North) from 1931 to 1945; he was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Health from 1937 to 1939; and he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Transport from 1939 to 1940.

His name is remembered with honour on the Pucklechurch War Memorial; his is one name on a large brass plaque set centrally on the inside South wall of St Thomas A' Becket Church, Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, England.

Gravesite Details Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Age: 42.





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 55978292
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Robert Hamilton Bernays (6 May 1902–23 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55978292, citing Cassino Memorial, Cassino, Provincia di Frosinone, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .