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Alexander Jacob Lion

Born:
1888
Died:
12 Tammuz 5675 (24 June 1915)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LIO3632
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1888
Place of birth:
Hampstead, London, England

Death

Date of death:
12 Tammuz 5675 (24 June 1915)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
France
Cause of death:
Died in Combat
Burial place:
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

Places

Addresses

Parents' Home:
100 Broadhurst Gardens Hampstead, London
Parents' Home:
12 Highbury New Park London

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade
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Remaining Kosher on the Front, 1915

There are many accounts, some reported in the Jewish Chronicle, of Alexander remaining devoted to his faith throughout his life, including during his service in the army. In a tribute after his death by 'one who knew him' published in the Jewish Chronicle he is described as 'never infringing on Dietary Laws' and his piety was exemplary. Furthermore they state that it is a testament to his character that other soldiers in his unit liked him so much that they always tried to help him to keep kosher and respected him deeply.

Testament of Character, 1915

After he was killed in action a number of friends, comrades and family paid tribute to Alexander in memorial pieces published in the Jewish Chronicle. In these tributes he was described as 'a high character of much personal attractiveness' and a man of duty and honour. His piety and devotion to Judaism is mentioned by many who admired his conduct and strength in remaining dedicated to his faith even through the hardships of war. It was noted that while serving that he was referred to by his comrades as 'Mr. Lion', a reflection of his 'refinement' and gentlemanly demeanour.

Missing in Action, 24 June 1915

While serving on the front in Flanders Alexander was part of an eight man bomb throwing expedition advancing on an enemy trench. It was reported that though two of the team returned Alexander was not amongst them. Requests for information on his whereabouts and wellbeing were posted in the Jewish Chronicle by his parents but he was later confirmed Killed in Action on the 24th of June 1915, described by a comrade as 'giving his life willingly for his country'.

Family

Siblings

Collette Lion (female)
Rosine Naomi Lion (female)
Decima Evelyn Lion (female)
Miselle Lion (female)
Mabelle Lion (female)
Hannah Marjorie Lion (female)
Phillip Lion (male)
Oscar Solomon Lion

Parents

Mother: Rachel Phillips (female)
Father: Jacob Lion (male)

Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Military record no.:
S/7640
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
24 June 1915
Rank at discharge/death:
Rifleman
Sustained injuries:
KIA
Assignments
Regiment:
Rifle Brigade
Battalion/unit:
9th Battalion
Posting:
Northern Flanders, Belgium
Campaigns:
Second Battle of Ypres

Roll of Honour

A. J. LION, 22 June 1915

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Rifleman
Date of Death:
24/06/1915
Age:
27
Regiment / service:
9th Bn., Rifle Brigade
Cemetery:
Grave reference:
Panel 46 - 48 and 50.
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