KD remembers soldier

Manchester’s King David High has rededicated a plaque in memory of a former pupil who died in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Michael Marshall, who was 19 at the time, survived the war but was killed by a sniper just after a ceasefire was declared. He was on patrol waiting to return from the Sinai Desert across the Suez Canal.

Michael’s brother Clive attended the Yom Hazikaron ceremony on Monday to re-site the memorial plaque at King David’s new campus. It had been removed before the school’s former buildings were demolished.

“It was a very moving service,” Mr Marshall said. “My brother loved his time in Israel during that short period. He loved the country and its peace-loving people. I hope his memory inspires youngsters to aspire to go on aliyah or to go to yeshiva or university in Israel.”

The ceremony, attended by the entire school, followed a UJIA event on Sunday night, supported by more than 300 people, which commemorated 15 Israeli soldiers with Manchester roots who died in Israel’s wars.

More than 400 people also attended a memorial service at Stenecourt Synagogue in Salford run by King David students. This was followed by a celebratory Yom Ha’atzmaut dinner at the school on Monday night.

Last updated: 9:45am, April 22 2013