Reginald Bazire

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Reginald Victor Bazire (30 January 1900 - 20 October 1990) was an Anglican priest: the Archdeacon of Southwark from 1967 to 1973;[1] and of Wandsworth from 1973 to 1975.

Bazire was educated at Christ’s Hospital.[2] and in 1922 Bazire went to China as a Missionary.[citation needed]

After suffering at the hands of terrorists,[3] when Japan invaded China he was interned in the Chefoo Camp,[4] with his wife Eileen (born 9 January 1902, an artist and a musician with the Chefoo School group in the camp), and children (Theodore, born 30 August 1928, and Peter, born 2 November 1930).[5] Others have commented on Bazire's presence in the camp.[6]

Returning to Britain, he served as Vicar of St Barnabas, Clapham Common[7] from 1949 to 1967; and Rural Dean of Battersea, 1953–66.[8]


  1. ^ Church news The Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 08, 1973; pg. 18; Issue 58726
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Low, Robbie (October 1996). "Robbie Low interviews Michael Harper". New Directions. Trushare, "a Christian web service that works alongside Forward in Faith Worldwide". Retrieved 23 April 2012. [I served my title at] St. Barnabas, Clapham Common, with Cannon (sic) Reg Bazire who'd been a missionary in China. He'd had a terrible time with terrorists and then interned by the Japs with Eric Liddell the Olympic champion.
  4. ^ Pander, Leipold. "Copy of a letter received from Chefoo through Swiss parents". Weihsien Picture Gallery. Retrieved 23 April 2012. Reg. Bazire had escorted the Northerners up and we all wondered how he would get back to us. He went down to Tsingtao (he has a wonderful story to tell of passes granted at a minute's notice) and then on Monday, Dec.8th, he boarded a bus and came right through to Chefoo in one day. He was greeted, at the Bus Station at night with the news that war had been declared and all the foreigners were in a concentration camp. He wondered if he would ever see his family again. However, a very courteous little J. came up to him and telephoned to headquarters and received permission for him to proceed. He arrived at his home about 8 p.m. to find everybody there.
  5. ^ Pander, Leipold. "Full List of inhabitants of Weihsien". Weihsien Picture Gallery. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  6. ^ Harris, Fred (28 Nov 2007). The Arabic Scholar's Son: Growing Up in Turbulent North China (1927-1943). AuthorHouse. p. 290. ISBN 978-1-4343-3691-0. Retrieved 23 April 2012. Reg Bazire devised a game called Tank. We divided into two armies and advanced in platoons, each with our "tank", which was actually a pennant on a pole carried by the standard-bearer." We were armed with grenades (pine cones) and the idea was to invade enemy territory and capture the tank by hitting the standard bearer with a grenade. The offensive and defensive strategies in the game kept each army formulating battle-plans. The game was a fun diversion and helped use up our pent-up energy. We also fantasized about the war scenese some of our older brothers were engaged in. Referees made sure those hit by a grenade moved to a neutral holding areas (POW camp!).
  7. ^ Church web site
  8. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975, ISBN (invalid) 0108153674, alternate version: ISBN 0-19-200008-X, OCLC 25885092, OCLC 59162245
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Havilland Hubert Allport Sands
Archdeacon of Southwark
Succeeded by
Michael Humphrey Dickens Whinney
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Archdeacon of Wandsworth
Succeeded by
Peter Bertram Coombs