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John Lionel Geffen

Born:
1868
Died:
11 Shevat 5684 (17 January 1924)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
GEF3416
Other first name:
Lionel

Birth

Date of birth:
1868
Place of birth:
Wilkomir, Lithuania

Death

Date of death:
11 Shevat 5684 (17 January 1924)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Paddington London

Places

Addresses

Family Home:
2 Dawson Place, London, Paddington (1901)

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Lads' Brigade
Significance:
acted as minister on occasion
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Chaplain Service

While his sons served as soldiers across in the Middle East and North Africa, John Lionel did his bit serving a chaplain, predominantly in France, he is pictured in multiple locations in France with Jewish soldiers from a wide variety of Regiments, including the Royal Engineers. His son Ernest was killed in action in 1917 but Lionel continued his service ministering to Jewish soldiers until 1919.

Family

Spouse

Esther Spero (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Geffen

Children

Vera Geffen (female)
Leonard Geffen (male)
Dennis Herbert Geffen (male)
Maximillian Geffen (male)

Siblings

Norman Geffen (male)

Parents

Father: Chain David Geffen (male)
Mother: Dreza Geffen (female)

Homefront

Occupation:
Religious Minister
Member of family in armed forces:
Sons
What was the impact of this:
Geffen served as a Chaplain during the War while his sons were also serving on the front.

Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Date discharged/death:
1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Chaplain
Assignments
Regiment:
Army Chaplain Department
Posting:
France

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