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Norman Mortimer Joseph Kohnstamm

Born:
24 Adar I 5657 (26 February 1897)
Died:
10 Nisan 5678 (23 March 1918)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
KOH3823
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
24 Adar I 5657 (26 February 1897)
Place of birth:
London

Death

Date of death:
10 Nisan 5678 (23 March 1918)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
France
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension

Places

Addresses

Family home:
41 Frognal, London

Schools

Name:
Westminster School

Other Organisations

Name:
Westminster School O.T.C.

Synagogues

Name:
West London Synagogue
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Recorded in Norman's Ledger as head of Grant House, Westminster School, 29 March 1915

It is the last evening of Lent Term 1915 and the event that I am to describe took place on the last evening of Lent Term 1914; on the evening in question we had our annual fire-escape practice, the canvas shute had been thrown out of window and according to custom I was the first to descend; I managed to get half way down without any misadventure, but no further, there I remained, the lower end of the shute had unfortunately either been retained at the big dorm window or had stuck in a window on the way down, anyhow after a considerable amount of rather unnecessary excitement on the part of everyone but myself I was at length hauled into safety hanging onto the rope that constituted part of the fire escape, the rope I might say is in a distinctly work out and rather precarious condition and I advise no-one to repeat my adventure unless absolutely necessary.

(http://firstworldwar.westminster.org.uk/?p=1270)

Scarlet fever

Only a short time into his tenure as Head of House, Norman fell ill with scarlet fever:

"…from which I did not rise for 10 weeks, for the next 6 months I was kept in exile and did not return to Westminster until Lent Term 1915. I left at the end of that term somewhat abruptly as I was at last enabled to take a commission, which I am still waiting for as I write."

(http://firstworldwar.westminster.org.uk/?p=1270)

Family

Siblings

Geoffrey Lawrence Samuel Kohnstamm (male)
Nancy Ida Catherine Kohnstamm (female)
Phoebe Pauline Helen Kohnstamm (female)

Parents

Father: Rudolph Kohnstamm (male)
Mother: Emily Piza (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1915
Date discharged/death:
23 March 1918
Rank at discharge/death:
Captain
Assignments
Regiment:
Manchester Regiment
Battalion/unit:
1/18th
Posting:
Sulva Bay
Sinai Peninsula
Campaigns:
Gallipoli
Regiment:
Royal Flying Corp

Roll of Honour

N. KOHNSTAMM, 23 March 1918

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Captain
Date of Death:
23/03/1918
Age:
21
Regiment / service:
18th Bn., Manchester Regiment
Cemetery:
Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave reference:
V. K. 26.
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