Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

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

    Issy Smith
    Issy Smith

    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.

    Issy Smith, who fought for the British army in the First World War, will not be among the 480 soldiers to be honoured with special paving stones. Only those born here are eligible. Sergeant Smith was born in Egypt, but lived in Manchester for a number of years.

    Mr Morris, himself a war veteran, described the decision as “disappointing”.

    He said: “Issy Smith should be getting a paving stone. He fought for Britain and that is good enough for me. They have adopted a criterion which is a little narrow.”

    Born Ishroulch Shmeilowitz in Alexandria in 1890, Sergeant Smith joined the British army in 1904. He served for the first battalion in the Manchester regiment and was awarded a VC for carrying “a wounded soldier 250 yards to safety while exposed to heavy machine gun fire” on April 26 1915. He died in Melbourne, Australia in 1940, aged 49.

    Four Jewish VC winners — Frank de Pass, Jack White, Robert Gee and Leonard Keysor — are to be commemorated with paving stones, which will be laid outside their places of birth during the next four years, marking the centenary of the war’s outbreak.

    The Foreign Office said it was working on plans to recognise the bravery of VC recipients from the Commonwealth, after claims that they were being overlooked.

    However, soldiers from non-Commonwealth countries, such as Egypt, would not benefit.

Uk News

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag

Ben Weich

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag
Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'
Uk News

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson

Lee Harpin and Marcus Dysch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity

Daniel Sugarman

Monday, December 5, 2016

Commission criticised over inquiry into 'antisemitic' charity
Uk News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
Uk News

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'

JC Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016

Luciana Berger troll driven by 'fierce antisemitism'