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Isaac Barbitsky

Born:
1894
Died:
1973

Basic Information

Unique reference:
BAR1873
Other first name:
Harry
Other surname:
Saunders
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1894
Place of birth:
England

Death

Date of death:
1973
Died in combat?:
No
Cause of death:
Old age
Burial place:
Cheshunt Cemetery

Places

Addresses

Family Home:
17 Josephine House, Thrawl Street, Brick Lane, Spitalfields London (1911)

Schools

Name:
Jewish Free School
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Jewish Chronicle Extract, 31 July 2014

Lance Corporal Isaac Barbitsky had an even harder time. The JFS old-boy saw substantial front-line action after landing in Boulogne in May 1915. Shot through the leg, he later returned to service and was awarded the Military Medal for an unspecified act of bravery in the field in May 1917.
His valiant efforts were noted by Mr Bowman who wrote to offer “hearty congratulations” and extend an invitation to visit JFS at the end of the war.

Name change to Harry Saunders

Family legend
The story is that he changed his name after a sergeant he was very close to (named Harry Saunders) was killed so Isaac changed his name to honour the original Harry Saunders.

Military Medal Story 1

Family legend
He helped bring back the wounded and the dead from Ypres.

Military Medal Story 2

Family legend
He saved an officers life

Recieving the Military Medal

Despite leaving war service in 1919 and being awarded the Military Medal, he didn't actually receive the real medal until the 1970s, a few months before he died.

Family

Spouse

Leila Abramovice (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Saunders
Place of marriage:
London
Country of marriage:
UK

Children

Wallace Saunders (male)
Sydney Saunders (male)
Mary Saunders (female)

Siblings

Fanny Barbitsky (female)
Marie Barbitsky (female)
Rosie Barbitsky (female)
Jessie Barbitsky (female)
Annie Barbitsky (female)
Sophie Barbitsky (female)
Minnie Barbitsky (female)
Nettie Barbitsky (female)

Parents

Mother: Mary Francis Barbitsky (female)
Father: Solomone Barbitsky (male)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
S/17775
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Lance Corporal
Assignments
Regiment:
Rifle Brigade
Medals:
Military Medal - "
The military decoration was awarded to I Barbitsky for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire or for individual or associated acts of bravery which were insufficient to merit the Distinguished Conduct Medal."

Roll of Honour

BARBITSKY

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Tailor

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