First World War

Tank commander's symbol of courage

By Daniel Sugarman, September 1, 2016

A war memento from a Jewish officer who took part in the first battle in which tanks were deployed is to go on display at an event commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

On September 15, 1916, 40 British Mark I tanks advanced on German lines at the Somme.


Somme victims remembered

July 8, 2016

Marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, more than 250 people gathered at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City for a ceremony honouring the thousands of British Jews who served their country in the First World War.

There were contributions from rabbis, military representatives and current Jewish servicemen.


Chief Rabbi Attends Somme Centenary Commemoration

By Daniel Sugarman, July 1, 2016

Rabbi Mirvis was amongst those who attended today’s commemorative service to mark 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. The commemoration took place at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, in Northern France.


Digital archive will showcase forgotten heroes

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

The importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is the mantra of survivors, politicians and educationists. But the contribution of London Jewry to the First World War is often overlooked.


Family's joy as stolen medals to be returned

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

The family of a First World War hero is set to be reunited with his Military Cross and four other medals stolen in a burglary 20 years ago.


Remembering wartime nurse on women's day

March 10, 2016

To mark International Women's Day, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in east London in memory of a nurse who died on wartime service 100 years ago.

The memorial for Edith Munro, who died aged 23, was led by HM Armed Forces chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone and attended by dignitaries and family members.


Lottery pays out £408k for archive of war effort

January 18, 2016

A project to create a digital archive and interactive website detailing London Jewry's First World War contribution has received a £408,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Stars of David on the headstones, shrapnel on the ground - how a generation came face to face with WWI

By Charlotte Oliver, November 8, 2015

The wind is unrelenting as we march into the Bailleul Road East Cemetery in northern France.

We pass rows upon rows of headstones emblazoned with the names of soldiers who once stood side by side, but now rest grave to grave.


WWI serviceman's belated memorial

September 10, 2015

To mark the erection of a headstone for a Jewish serviceman who saw action in Europe 100 years ago, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in East Ham.

Private Solomon Bird served with the 29th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers in the First World War.


Lottery backs cultural centre's plan to record WWI contribution

July 9, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre launched a £450,000 project to mark the contribution of London Jews during the First World War with a pilot information gathering event in Redbridge.