Every year we read the list of those members of our congregation who fell in the First World War. This year, the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of that war, we wanted to pause and dwell on their memory for a few minutes. This is some information that is available from those on the roll (mainly from War Graves websites, some military company websites, some school sites, etc):
- MAURICE AVNER, Private in the Army Service Corps. Son of Abraham and Rose Avner. Died 6 April 1918 aged 22.
- CHARLES WILLIAM JACK DANZIGER, known as Charley, Second Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment. Son of Marcus Danziger, lived in Kersal. Went to Manchester Grammar School, then studied languages abroad and joined his father’s firm. Died 15 May 1917, aged 20.
- ABRAHAM FRANKS, Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers.
- LIONEL FRANKS, Second Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment. From Hull (also listed on Hull Western Synagogue). Killed 5 May 1917, aged 19.
- CYRIL JOSEPH FRANKENSTEIN, Second Lieutenant in the Tank Corps. Son of Harry & Sara Frankenstein from Higher Broughton. Died 23 August 1918, aged 22.
- WILFRID MAX LANGDON, Captain in the Cheshire Regiment. Born in 1889, son of Edward and Ada Langdon. His sister Margaret Langdon founded Delamere college and Langdon College is named after her. In 1891, the family lived in Rusholme. By 1901 they had moved to Palatine Road in Withington. Wilfrid went to Rugby School and New College Oxford and then was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1913. He had planned to practice on the Northern Circuit but instead joined the Cheshire Regiment. He was commissioned as a Captain in December 1914. He went to the Western Front in September 1915 and died 21 May 1916, during a concerted German attack at Vimy Ridge, aged 27.
- HARRY LEON, Second Lieutenant, no easily available information.
- HARRY LEVI, Second Lieutenant Royal Fusiliers. His family were from Southport. He was a solicitor, having been educated at Manchester Grammar and Cambridge. He was a member of Higher Broughton Synagogue as well as Manchester Reform (Rev Jacob Philips wrote an obituary in the JC). Harry died 30 Nov 1917 aged 27. Just before he died, he wrote to the Jewish Chronicle to tell them that he had been asked to recite the burial service for two Jewish servicemen whom he didn’t know, and was writing to the JC to ask them to contact the next of kin of the deceased. By the time they received his letter, they had already printed Harry’s own obituary.
- GODFREY CYRIL MARKS, Private in the Army Service Corps. Son of Arthur and Rose Marks, of Bury New Rd, Kersal. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and entered his father’s business. After surviving four years’ army service, died 17 Nov 1918 of influenza, aged 25 (that is, after the Armistice).
- DAVID SILVERMAN, Private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Jacob Silverman, from Cheetham Hill. Died 28 January 1918, aged 19.
- SIDNEY TORRES, Private in the Royal Fusiliers. Originally from Ramsgate, educated at Manchester Grammar (listed as Saul David Torres), then went into the calico printing business. Died 17 Nov 1916 during the battle of the Somme.
- ELI YOUNGERMAN, Private in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. From Cheetham Hill. Died 25 October 1918, aged 19.
May their memories be for a blessing amongst the fallen of Israel, as we remember them and all the very many of our fellow Jews, fellow countrymen and all of those who fell fighting to protect the freedom we enjoy today.
David Hoffman, Yom Kippur 2018/5779