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George Jacobs D.C.M.

Born:
30 Shevat 5649 (01 February 1889)
Died:
13 Tishri 5677 (10 October 1916)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
JAC8541
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
30 Shevat 5649 (01 February 1889)
Place of birth:
Sunderland, Durham

Death

Date of death:
13 Tishri 5677 (10 October 1916)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
France & Flanders
Cause of death:
Died of Wounds
Burial place:
Contay, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France

Places

Addresses

Home:
10 Thornhill Park Sunderland (10 October 1914)

Schools

Name:
Cowan Terrace Council School
Name:
Bede Higher Grade School

Other Organisations

Name:
North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
Date:
1914
Significance:
He was a mining Engineer in Wearmouth

Synagogues

Name:
Ryhope Street Synagogue
Name:
Moore Street Synagogue, Sunderland
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The Fallen

The sad news of the death in France from the wounds of Corpl. Sidney Asher of Sunderland has been closely followed by the tragic message that Sergt. George Jacobs R.A.M.C., who only a few weeks ago received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallant conduct in the field in rescuing and collecting wounded under heavy shell fire, had died of wounds on the 10th inst. Sergt. George Jacobs was one of three sons of Mr and Mrs. Israel Jacobs, 9 The Elms, West Sunderland, who volunteered their services for King and Country, the other two being Captain Cyril Jacobs, Medical Officer for the Licolns and Mechanic Harold Jacobs, who is in the Royal Flying Corps.
Educated at Argyll House School and apprenticed as a mining engineer at the Wearmouth Colliery, he was one of the first young men in Sunderland to respond to the call of Lord Kitchener in September 1914 and he secured rapid promotion by his splendid conduct and bravery in the field. He had just been recommended for a commission when he received his fatal wounds. His death is thus not only a grievous loss to his parents and the great number of his relatives and friends in the North of England, but also a real loss to the Army and to the cause for which he has given his life.
The sympathy of the Jews of Sunderland will go out to Mr and Mrs. Israel Jacobs and the rest of the bereaved relatives, who so soon after the death of Corpl. Sidney Asher (a nephew to Mr and Mrs Jacobs) have again been plunged into mourning and have no to bewail to loss of another young life full of promise and the early termination of a career distinguished by heroic deeds and rendering honour to the name which the fallen soldier bore. The Knowledge that by his deeds of gallantry and by his self-sacrifice their son has shed honour upon the Jewish name, and thus also served the cause of the Jewish people, will I hope, go a long way to comfort Mr and Mrs Jacobs and enable them to bear the loss with fortitude, with courage and with hope.

Family

Spouse

Mattie Jacobs (female)
Place of marriage:
Durham
Country of marriage:
UK

Children

George Jason Jacobs (male)

Siblings

Lionel Jacobs (male)
Bertha Jacobs (female)
Grace Jacobs (female)
Rita Jacobs (female)
Flora Jacobs (female)

Parents

Father: Israel Jacobs (male)
Mother: Augusta Asher (female)

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Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
39928
Date enlisted/conscripted:
01 January 1914
Date discharged/death:
10 October 1916
Rank at discharge/death:
Sergeant
Invalided out of service:
01 January 1914
Returned to service:
01 January 1914
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Army Medical Corps
Battalion/unit:
47th Field Ambulance
Campaigns:
Le Sars Sector

Roll of Honour

G. (D.C.M.) JACOBS, 10 October 1916

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Serjeant
Date of Death:
10/10/1916
Age:
27
Regiment / service:
47th Field Amb., Royal Army Medical Corps
Cemetery:
Contay British Cemetery, Contay
Grave reference:
IV. A. 17.
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