• A
  • A
  • A

Arthur Charles Lionel Abrahams

Born:
28 Tevet 5658 (22 January 1898)
Died:
1 Iyyar 5678 (13 April 1918)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
ABR2553
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
28 Tevet 5658 (22 January 1898)
Place of birth:
Kensington

Death

Date of death:
1 Iyyar 5678 (13 April 1918)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

Places

Addresses

Family home:
18 Porchester Terrace, Hyde Park

Schools

Name:
Westminster School
Name:
Christ Church, the University of Oxford
Year started:
1915
Year left:
1915

Other Organisations

Name:
Oxford O.T.C.
Significance:
Lieutenant
 < Close personal journey map
Personal Journey map
Arthur Charles Lionel Abrahams
VIEW PERSONAL JOURNEY MAP

Jewish Chronicle Obituary Extract

He had been an attractive child and had grown into a most lovable man, robust in intellect, affectionate in disposition, modest in his successes, imbued with a deep Jewish feeling and looking forward to being of use to his people. He gave early evidence of inheritance of intellect above the average from his gifted parents. In 1911 he was elected to a King’s Scholarship at Westminster School where he instantly became, and always maintained, immense popularity with his master and his fellow pupils.

In 1915 he obtained a Scholarship at Christ Church Oxford but immediately joined the Army in accordance with his ardent longing to be of service to his country. He had already reached the rank of sergeant in the school O.T.C. and was gazetted to the Coldstream Guards. In the Army, as in school, his unassuming ability won him the confidence of his superiors, and the affection of his comrades.

The commanding Officer with whom he served during the greater part of his service abroad has written to Sir Lionel Abrahams, “I knew your boy well and was commanding the battalion when he joined. He was most popular with all ranks, and he was particularly fearless……….Arthur was a Coldstream Guarder through and through. He fought like one and he died like one.” The colonel commanding the Guards wrote: “The regiment can ill afford to lose men like him”, and from the ranks there has reached his family the equally prized message: “The boys would follow him wherever he wanted them to."

After he had been reported missing his parents learned that he fell on April 13th, when England lost a gallant son, Anglo-Jewry one of the most promising of its youngest generation, and his immediate family the joy of their hearts.

Death of father (from http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/fallen-alumni/lieutenant-arthur-charles-lionel-abrahams)

His father, Sir Lionel, Financial Secretary to the Council of India, died the following year. One of Sir Lionel’s colleagues at The India Office, CMK, wrote in an obituary in the Jewish Chronicle 1919, “The loss of his only son in action was a blow from which he never recovered and cast an ever present shadow over his last months in which he struggled manfully against failing health.

Family

Parents

Father: Lionel Abrahams (male)
Mother: Lucy Joseph (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1915
Date discharged/death:
13 April 1918
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
Coldstream Guards
Battalion/unit:
3rd Battalion

Roll of Honour

A. C. L. ABRAHAMS, 13 April 1918

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Lieutenant
Date of Death:
13/04/1918
Age:
20
Regiment / service:
3rd Bn., Coldstream Guards
Cemetery:
Grave reference:
Panel 1.
Additional information:

Contact the Author

Any messages sent via this facility are not the responsibility of the WWTT site and are simply passed onto the account holder’s contact and not stored here. Should the author choose to reply to you, all further contact made will not be transmitted through the site but independently through your own email or the details you leave here.

SEND MESSAGE

Contact the Author

Please note that the recipient will be provided with the email address linked to your account, and any response will not be transmitted through the site but independently through your own email.

Give us your feedback

Please tell us what you think to help us develop and progress this vital resource

London Jews in the First World War - We Were There Too

Follow us on social media:

© London Jewish Cultural Centre 2018

Website : beachshore