This Day in Jewish History 1947: The British Army Officer With a Zionist Heart Dies

John Henry Patterson led Jewish soldiers in battle in World War I but is perhaps best known for his adventures with two man-eating lions in Kenya.

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On June 18, 1947, John Henry Patterson, the British army officer who became a Zionist, and served as commander of the Zion Mule Corps and its successor the Jewish Legion, in World War I, died.