First World War

They were loyal British Jews and their graves should say it

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2013

"Our loyalty and devotion – richly fully and completely deserved by this blessed land — impels us as Jewish citizens of this country to sacrifice ourselves in its aid at this hour of its need.”

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Family’s agony in battle over soldier’s gravestone

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

The family of a Jewish First World War soldier have spoken of their heartache that his grave is still marked by a cross nearly 100 years after he was killed in action.

Corporal Joseph Nossek was buried in a war cemetery in France in July 1916 but his headstone does not display a Star of David.

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U-turn means World War One hero will be honoured

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

A Jewish First World War Victoria Cross hero will be honoured in a national tribute after a U-turn by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The government had planned to commemorate all the British-born VC winners in the 1914-18 conflict with special paving stones laid in their home towns.

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Battle over First World War soldiers’ graves

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Authorities are refusing to replace crosses on the headstones of two First World War soldiers with stars of David, despite acknowledging that evidence exists showing that the soldiers were Jewish.

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Overlooked VC hero will be honoured after all

By Sandy Rashty, September 4, 2013

The government has said that it is investigating ways to honour foreign soldiers who won the Victoria Cross while serving in the British armed forces during the First World War.

The move comes in response to protests against plans to honour only British-born VC heroes.

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‘WW1 Victoria Cross winner should be honoured like other heroes’

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The honorary president of the Jewish Military Museum, Henry Morris, has said that the government is wrong in denying a tribute to a Jewish Victoria Cross winner because he was not born in Britain.

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Paving the way to honour heroes of the Great War

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

The courage of four Jewish soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War is to be celebrated with a special government tribute.

Frank de Pass, Jack White, Robert Gee and Leonard Keysor will be among 480 soldiers honoured with memorial paving stones to be placed in their home towns.

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They did their bit - the story of three centuries of heroism

By Simon Round, November 15, 2012

Sadly, there are not many Jews who fought in the Second World War who are still able to march. But those who can will be polishing their medals to parade down Whitehall on Sunday, in honour of their comrades who fell in the 1939-45 conflict and those before and since.

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On this day: Britain declares war on Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

As the Balkan power keg lit up Europe, Germany made its move and invaded Russia, and then Belgium.

In keeping with the terms of the 1839 Treaty of London, the Great Powers were required to protect Belgium's neutrality.

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EDL leader charged after Islamic extremist clash

By Jennifer Lipman, November 12, 2010

The founder and leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a confrontation with Islamic extremists.

Stephen Lennon, who also uses the name Tommy Robinson, clashed with the officer during a Remembrance Day protest in Kensington, west London.

Protesters from a group called Muslims Against Crusades were burning poppies at 11am and shouting: "British soldiers burn in hell".

Two Islamic protesters and five other EDL members were arrested for public order offences after the confrontation.

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