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michaeldr

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michaeldr

Late yesterday afternoon, the fallen of Allenby's Jewish Battalions were remembered at Mount Scopus CWGC Cemetery;

the 38th & 39th Battalions, Royal Fusiliers, who fought in the Megiddo battles as part of Chaytor's Force, and the further Jewish battalions of RFs, who came forward later.

 

The ceremony was organized and led by Ms Dorit Perry of 'Giving a Face to the Fallen' and Mr Eran Tearosh of the Society for the Heritage of WWI in Israel (Eran is also a member of this forum).

I am happy to say that family members of some of the fallen were able to be present, as well as a relative of Lt. Ze'ev Jabotinsky who did so much work to persuade the War Office in London to establish the Jewish Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers. The UK's Assistant Defence Attachê, Andy Porte led the wreath laying and spoke at the grave-sides.

 

An account and photographs are to be seen in today's article in the Haaretz newspaper
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-a-century-later-jewish-legion-s-fallen-reap-their-glory-1.6548024?=&ts=_1539256682842
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Eran Tearosh

Thanks Michael

 

The Internet version requires registration, limited to 6 articles. However, this version includes that great photo of Michael himself, laying a flower at one of the graves. The photo opens on the front page and can be seen even without reading the article from the Internet. 

 

Attached is a PDF of the article (Without Michael's photo)

 

Mt. Scopus - English.pdf

 

 

Eran

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rob carman

2/Lt Joshua Levy 1/5 Norfolks on Middlesborough’s memorial to its Jewish dead.  His unit is given as  1/5 Bn.  CWGC has him in 1/4 Bn.  Storey calls him Josiah Levy. He was the son of Lewis Levy, a pawnbroker, and Sarah Levy.  Both came from Russia to England before 1882.  Pte Joshua Levy attested on 2 December 1914 and started in Royal Sussex Regiment.  He was quickly promoted L/Sgt before being commissioned 28 September1915 into the Norfolk Regt. 2/Lt Levy was killed in action on 19 April 1917 during Gaza II.  In 1911 Levy, aged 18, lived wioth his parents and was an assistantto his dad.   He is commemorated in  Gaza War Cemetery (Image http://www.ww1-yorkshires.org.uk/html-files/middlesbrough-jewish-synagogue.htm).

 

 

 

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stevebecker

Mates,

 

We should not forget that Jews fought on all sides during the Egyptian and Palestine Campaiges, not just the British RF Bn's.

 

The Ottoman Army had large numbers of Jews in there Military, from serving Regular soldiers and officers, to local raised Labor and other units formed for area service.

 

Lest we forget 


S.B

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michaeldr

Thanks for adding that Rob

Second Lieutenant Levy is also mentioned in this thread by Ray - 

 

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