Lieutenant André BLOCH
André Bloch was born in Paris on 19 June 1914 of French Jewish parents. His father, Edmond Bloch, was an industrialist, but died when Bloch was young and André and his mother Madame Suzanne Bloch (née Lipmann), later settled in Lyons where he attended university. After completing his education he lived in Belfort and then took over his uncle’s work as a solicitor’s clerk in Montbéliard.
No record remains of his undertaking national service with the French armed forces, but when war broke out, Bloch served as an officer in the light infantry of the French Army and was attached in a liaison capacity with the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) in northern France, suggesting that his English language skills were already good. Bloch was brought out of France with the British Army in 1940 and on arrival in Britain, together with any other French troops evacuated with the B.E.F., he was sent to a camp at Trentham Park, near Stoke.............[Remainder of case study is complete - contact author for further details].
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