Personnel Index - Detail
Henry Hall Dare Bothamley was originally in the NZ Armies expeditionary force before securing a commission in the RAF.
His records do not indicate his role with 49Sqn......pilot or observer.....but it is reported that he "has fainted on several occasions whilst flying at great height."
Following an appendix removal operation in March 1918 he became very seriously ill and was eventually medically discharged in July 1918 and returned to New Zealand.
Henry died in 1956 aged 62.
It is recorded that he was with the Squadron at Bellevue at the time.
Additional information researched by Ashley Hales.
Henry was the son of Arthur Thomas Bothamley, Henry was one five sons and two daughters. The members of the Bothamley family worked in Parliament for 80 years. Beginning in 1871 when Arthur Thomas Bothamley started in the Legislative Council, becoming clerk-assistant in 1878. He was Black Rod from 1892 until 1937, the year before he died. A son, Grafton Francis worked in the House as a sessional clerk from 1906, another brother, Charles Mildmay, began as a committee clerk in 1917 and worked his way up the ladder to become the Clerk of Parliaments and of the Legislative Council.
Arthur Thomas Bothamley was also a talented artist and a number of his painting of Wellington hang in a local Wellington museum.
At least two of his brothers served during the First World War, Robert Westley was a Lt in the NZEF serving in Europe. Grafton Francis started as a Sub-Lt service in the Atlantic Ocean and later on reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.