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Sapper Harry Goldbaum was a British soldier of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born c. 1898, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Romanian-born Solomon, a hairdresser, and Sarah Goldbaum, of Russia. At the time of the 1911 census, Goldbaum was living with his family at 12 Well Street, Cable Street, in London.

Aged 17, below the minimum age requirement for overseas service, Goldbaum died on 28 October 1915, when the overcrowded minesweeper HMS Hythe collided with the troopship Sarnia off Gallipoli, with the loss of 155 men, few of whom had access to life jackets. The majority of those who perished on board Hythe, some 129 men, belonged to Goldbaum's unit, the 1st/3rd Kent Field Company, Royal Engineers, which was to have been disembarked at Cape Helles.[1] His older brother, Philip, a private in the 10th London Regiment, died less than a year later, in Egypt.

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Helles Memorial.

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  1. The H.M.S. Hythe Disaster - Kent Fallen (PDF), kentfallen.com. Retrieved 13 November 2012.

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