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Henry Theodore Dreschfeld

Born:
1866
Died:
5 Adar 5675 (19 February 1915)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
DRE0748
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1866
Place of birth:
Chorlton, Manchester

Death

Date of death:
5 Adar 5675 (19 February 1915)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Eastbourne, England
Cause of death:
Complications from Apendectomy
Burial place:
Whitefield Jewish Cemetery

Places

Addresses

Family Home:
Ounsdale Lodge, Broom Lane, Broughton Salford

Schools

Name:
Manchester Grammar School
Name:
Tettenhall College
Name:
Faculty of Medicine of Owen’s College
Year started:
1885
Year left:
1893
Name:
Manchester Dental Hospital
Year started:
1894

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Lads' Brigade
Significance:
Served as Lieutenant Colonel
Name:
Jewish Operatic Society
Significance:
Served as President
Name:
Committee of the Jewish Board of Guardians
Significance:
Served over 20 years on the board

Synagogues

Name:
Manchester Reform Synagogue
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Early life and Education

Henry was educated at Manchester Grammar School when he was awarded a scholarship to Tettenhall College after which he proceeded to study dentistry. He proved an exceptional surgeon and lectured regularly on the need for improved dental practice and hygiene. He was an active member of the Jewish Operatic Society, eventually becoming president. He was also heavily involved in charitable work and served for 20 years on the Manchester Committee of the Jewish Board of Guardians. In his youth he was also an active member of the Jewish Lads’ Brigade, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Throughout his life he was also a keen rugby player and boxer, remaining a follower of both into his adult life.

Death , 19 February 1915

While posted at a training camp in Eastbourne Henry suffered an appendicitis and subsequently died of complications after the surgery. At his funeral officers of Jewish Lads’ Brigade served as his pall-bearers and Manchester Grammar School Magazine described him as “a highly gifted man who, to the qualities of geniality, good nature, and keen humour, added indomitable will and energy”.

Family

Spouse

Jessie Mindele Frankenburg (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Dreschfeld
Country of marriage:
England

Children

Marjorie Ruth Dreshfield (female)
Godbert W Dreshfield (male)
Donald L Dreshfield
Joan Elizabeth Dreshfield (female)
Barbara Eve Dreshfield (female)
Leonard Ralph Dreshfield (male)

Siblings

Ada Rose Dreschfeld (female)
Julius Dreschfeld (male)

Parents

Father: Leopold Dreschfeld Dreschfeld (male)
Mother: Henrietta Dreschfeld (female)

Homefront

Occupation:
Dental Surgeon
What was the impact of this:
Dreschfeld was slightly older than was normal upon enlisting having an established career as a Denal Surgeon already before the war. January 1894 he wrote an article in the British Medical Journal about dental injuries and he lectured in 1902, 1907 and 1908 about fillings and the importance of dental hygiene.

Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1895
Date discharged/death:
19 February 1915
Rank at discharge/death:
Captain
Assignments
Regiment:
Manchester Regiment
Battalion/unit:
8th Ardwick Battalion
Posting:
in Reserve
Regiment:
Manchester Regiment
Battalion/unit:
13th Battalion
Posting:
Eastbourne

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Captain
Date of Death:
19/02/1915
Age:
Regiment / service:
Cemetery:
Whitefield British Jews' Cemetery
Grave reference:
155.
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