Lilian Bader

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Lilian Bader (18 February 1918 – 13 March 2015) was one of the first black women to join the British armed forces.[1][2][3][4]

She was born in the Toxteth Park area of Liverpool to Marcus Bailey, a merchant seaman from Barbados who served in the First World War, and a British-born mother of Irish parentage.[3]

In 2018, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote, The Voice newspaper listed Bader – alongside Kathleen Wrasama, Olive Morris, Connie Mark, Fanny Eaton, Diane Abbott, Margaret Busby, and Mary Seacole – among eight Black women who have contributed to the development of Britain.[5]


  1. ^ "Black History Month Firsts: Lilian Bader". Black History Month 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ Stephen Bourne (6 April 2015). "Leading Aircraftwoman in the WAAF and one of the first black women to join the British Armed Forces". The Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Stephen Bourne (18 March 2015). "Obituary: War hero Lilian Bader (1918-2015)". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Lilian Bader". Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ Leah Sinclair, "Suffrage 100: The Black Women Who Changed British History", The Voice, 6 February 2018.