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morris landau

Born:
12 Tishri 5646 (21 September 1885)
Died:
1949

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LAN5697
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
12 Tishri 5646 (21 September 1885)
Place of birth:
London

Death

Date of death:
1949
Died in combat?:
No
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Family legend
According to family tradition (which I have no reason to doubt), when conscription had been introduced by Asquith’s government earlier that year (1916), Morris had declared himself a conscientious objector, arguing (a) that as a Jew he objected to killing other Jews (in the German and Austrian armies) and (b) that as a Jew he objected to fighting (inter alia) for the preservation of Tsarist Russia, whose successive governments had become infamous for their persecution of Jews in general and orthodox Jews in particular. But, whilst objecting to being conscripted into the British armed forces, Morris had agreed to enter a ‘reserved’ occupation – namely the police service, in which he remained until the end of 1919.

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Reserved occupation:
Constable Metropolitan Police

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Constable Metropolitan Police
Date started:
1916
Date left:
1919
Position:
Constable
Organisation:
Metropolitan Police

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