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Alfred Blackstein

Born:
23 Adar I 5660 (22 February 1900)
Died:
24 Nisan 5731 (19 April 1971)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
BLA7865
Other first name:
Abraham
Other surname:
Shwartz
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
23 Adar I 5660 (22 February 1900)
Place of birth:
Charonsky, Russia

Death

Date of death:
24 Nisan 5731 (19 April 1971)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
The London Hospital, England
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Freezing on the Front

one exceptionally cold night when he woke up in the morning Alfred had frozen stiff. The Sergeant realised what had happened, got a number of men to form a circle and they threw him from one man to another until he had sufficiently thawed out.

Goin over the Top

Alfred told a story of being in the trenches one night and was told to “go over the top”. To do this he had to fix bayonets and put his rife on the ground above him to haul himself up, using his rife as an anchor. Sometime later he found he had some sticky stuff on him. When he examined it he found it was blood. His hand was cut and it would appear he had grabbed the bayonet to haul himself up over the top and cut his hand in doing so. Until he found the blood on him he was unaware of what had happened.

Family

Children

Paul Blackstein (male)

Siblings

Mark Blackstein (male)

Homefront

Occupation:
Second World War, Auxiliary Fireman
What was the impact of this:
Having served in the First World War in the Royal Fusiliers, Alfred went on to serve on the Homefront during the Second World War as and Auxiliary Fireman, continuing his service outside of the armed forces.

Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Military record no.:
1639
Date enlisted/conscripted:
10 January 1918
Date discharged/death:
21 September 1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Sustained injuries:
Minor cut to the hand, Bayonet
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Fusiliers
Battalion/unit:
47th Battalion
Posting:
Deployed to The Front in France

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