surnames from the district Manchester (City of Manchester)

Bernard Mendle

Rank:ARP Messenger
Incident Date:22/12/1940
Incident Address.Cheetwood Road, Cheetham
Died Address:Cheetwood Road, Cheetham
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Rainough Jewish Cemetery, Prestwich, Manchester
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Bernard was of Jewish descent, born during the
June quarter 1926 in the Manchester North R.D. -
ref: 8d/613, the son of Hyman & Gertrude Mendle
(nee Goldstein).   Hyman was born in
Vilna/Vilnius, in the  Russian Empire (now
Lithuania) and was a baker and confectioner by
trade, working for a Jewish Bakery at Cheetham
Hill.   Gertrude aka Gerty Mendle was born in
London and her parents came from Vilna/Vilnius as
per Hyman Mendle.

Bernard's two brothers were serving in the British
Army and Bernard wanted to 'do his bit', so he
joined the Auxiliary Fire Service as a voluntary
Messenger, devoting all his spare time to his
training and AFS duties.

During the first night of the Manchester Blitz, he
felt that he was under employed as a Messenger, so
he 'annexed' a fireman's uniform and, unknown to
his colleagues, presented himself in his newly
acquired uniform at a factory that was on fire. 
He was working on the fires when a high explosive
bomb landed on the building and he was killed.

He was buried on Christmas morning at the
Rainsough Jewish Cemetery, Rainsough Brow,
Butterstyle Lane, Prestwich, Manchester. M25 8SU.

My thanks to Steve Boler (SWARM) for the above
information and newspaper cutting.

CWGC - A.R.P. Messenger. Son of H. and G. Mendle,
of 69 Heywood Street, Cheetham. Died at Cheetwood

Newspaper cutting.

Manchester (City of Manchester)
Memorials found on:
Rainsough Jewish Cemetery Memorial
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