Man who took his life on Saddleworth Moor revealed as Jewish

David Lytton was born David Lautenberg, whose family were originally immigrants from Poland who settled in the East End


A man who killed himself on a moor in northern England has been identified as Jewish.

David Lytton triggered an international police search for information when his body was found on a path on Saddleworth Moor, in Greater Manchester, without any wallet, mobile phone or other identification, in December 2015.

Finally, the mystery was resolved when police announced his name was David Lytton, a 67-year-old Londoner, who, it emerged, had been born David Lautenberg in 1945. Mr Lytton, whose parents, Sylvia and Hyman Lautenberg, were Jewish, had changed his name after a family feud.

According to The Guardian, Mr Lytton’s mother’s family were originally from Poland. They came to London in the early 1900s and lived in Whitechapel. They are reported to have moved to a large house in Kensington where it is suggested they lived in lodgings shared with other families. Lytton’s grandfather is believed to have managed a shop selling men’s socks and long johns.

An inquest this week heard that Mr Lytton had been living in Pakistan for 10 years when he returned to Britain abruptly in and two days later used rat poison to kill himself on the moor. 

The coroner recorded an open verdict.

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