David Eardley Bloomer passed away peacefully on April 22, 2016. Born on March 19, 1923, in England to Florence Price Bloomer and Cyril Eardley Bloomer, David graduated from Haileybury College in Hertfordshire.
He enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (King’s 60th Rifles) as a Lieutenant at age 18. He was wounded in action, mentioned twice in dispatches for going behind enemy lines to recover the bodies of those under his command, and promoted on the field to Captain during the Battle of the Bulge. After the Battle of Remagen, crossing the Rhine, his regiment liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He was sent to Tanganyika to train the King’s African Rifles after the Armistice.
Discharged, he worked in Nairobi, Kenya, and later in New York with Standard Vacuum Oil Co. In 1957, he married Gertrude “Siddie” Shepard. They lived in London, Nairobi, New York, and then in Oley, Pa., in 1971 where David was President of The Survival Equipment Company. He was Rotary Club President in Fleetwood, President of the British Officers Club of Philadelphia, and a member of the St. George’s Society.