Over 1200 Records of Fallen JLGB Soldiers Saved Following Appeal


JLGB, based in South Woodford, found volunteers to research the stories of soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. An incredible 535 JLGB (formerly JLB) members joined the army to fight for King and country during the war and thanks to those volunteers managed to save over 1200 records! Thanks to those budding historians, and interested volunteers for their efforts, these records will be preserved forevermore.

JLGB are working in partnership with ‘We Were There Too’, a heritage lottery funded project that aims to capture, record and preserve the impact, experience and contribution of London’s Jewish communities during the First World War era.

From the research that has been undertaken, incredible stories have come to light. Alex Davis recently made a fascinating discovery about two JLB brothers who both fought in the war: Harry Goldbaum, JLB member, lied about his age and was only 16 when he joined the Royal Engineers in 1914. In October 1915, a troop-carrying ship HMS ‘Hythe’ collided with another British ship off the coast of Gallipoli and sadly Harry died alongside 154 other men. His brother, Phillip, also a JLB member also joined up and died on the Western Front in July 1916.

Part of this incredible campaign to discover more about these inspirational men, took interested participant on trips to battlefields at Ypres, The Sommes and Arras. We have found many former JLB members amongst the fallen and anticipate that as the campaign continues, we shall find many more.

It only takes about half an hour to research and document one record. This can either be done from the JLGB office or from home and full training will be given. Honour the sacrifice and bravery of the 535 JLB members by volunteering your time today.

For further information please call 0208 989 8990 or email volunteering@jlgb.org

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