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Philip Jacobs

19 Tishri 5656 (07 October 1895)
10 Sivan 5734 (31 May 1974)

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Date of birth:
19 Tishri 5656 (07 October 1895)
Place of birth:
178 Hackney Road, London


Date of death:
10 Sivan 5734 (31 May 1974)
Died in combat?:
Place of death:
Burial place:
Willesden Jewish Cemetery. Section PLE, Row 12, Plot 277A



Parental Home:
178 Hackney Road London (1895)
207 Amhurst Road Hackney, London
The home he shared with his wife Esther the whole of their married life.:
26 The Vale NW11 8SG


Birkbeck School
Parmiter's School
Year started:
Year left:


Golders Green
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Philip Jacobs

World War 2 service

Officer’s Emergency Reserve on the 7th May 1940 and granted the rank of Paymaster. Demobilised on the 18th September 1946.

From the album of the Jewish Legion, HaGedudim, Tel Aviv, 23 October 1977

Family legend
Name: Philip Jacobs
Regimental No: (4146: 3rd Batts. Bucks Regt OBLI)
(119392 Officer)
Battalion 40th, 24nd Batts. Royal Fusiliers
Rank: Acting Captain
Personal Address: “Begonia House”,
26 The Vale, Golders Green
London, N.W.11. (Picture) Lieut Philip Jacobs.
Aryeh ben Yosef Ariah ha’Levi
Biographical data: Born 7th October 1895 in London (3rd son of the late JOSEPH & NETTA JACOBS) Enlisted at Messrs Rothschild’s Bank, St. Swithin’s Lane, E.C., on the 1st Feb 1916 attended by the late Sir Lionel de Rothschild was the Recruiting officer. I was posted to the 3rd Territorial Battn of the Bucks Regiment of the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. On the 1.3.1917 I was gazetted as 2nd Lieut to the 3/19th London Regt. And proceeded o’seas to France with the 13th Battn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Whilst engaged in the Ypres Salient, I received an earnest message from the late Chief Rabbi, Dr Hertz to consider a transfer to the Jewish Regt. I obtained special leave to see Lt. Col. Patterson and my Uncle Major William Schonfeld . T.D.I. on the 24.1.1918 I was posted to the 42nd Battn. Royal Fusiliers. In the meantime I had been promoted to full Lieutenant. I was promoted A/Captain on the 12th June 1919 to 21/10/1919 when I proceeded home for demobilisation. During the 2nd World War I was recalled under the Officer’s Emergency Reserve on the 7th May 1940 and granted the rank of Paymaster. I was demobilised on the 18th September 1946. For your guidance I have served in H.M. Forces for a period of 10 years and 2 months which include 9 years and 1 month Commissioned Service. I am at present Vice-Chairman of the Monash Branch of the British Legion
Philip Jacobs 23.10.1959/5720

Obituary, The Jewish Chronicle

MR PHILIP JACOBS By the death of Mr Philip Jacobs, Golders Green and the community at large have lost a devoted worker for both Jewish and general causes, writes Rabbi Dr Eugene Newman minister of Golders Green Synagogue. In the First World War he served as an officer in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and under General Allenby in the Jewish battalions in the Palestine Campaign in 1918. He was an honorary officer of the Golders Green Synagogue for several years. He was instrumental in bringing over refugee- children from Germany and looked after their welfare. In the Second World War, he rejoined the Army as a reserve officer and served as a lieutenant paymaster in the Pay Corps. After the war he was the hon. secretary of the British Committee of the Bet Hagedudim (the Museum of the Jewish Battalions) in Avichail, Israel. He was also active in the Monash branch of the 'British Legion and in the B’nei B’rith’



Esther Schonfeld (female)


Rosalie Jacobs (female)


Sigmund Jacobs "Sigi" (male)
Ellis Jacobs (male)
Jeanette Jacobs "Netty" (female)
Mordechai Victor Jacobs "Mord"
Solomon Jacobs "Sol" (male)
David Edward Jacobs "Eddy" (male)


Mother: Jeanette Josephs "Netta" (female)
Father: Joseph Jacobs (male)


Member of family in armed forces:
Mordechai Victor (Mord) Jacobs, Brother. Joseph Josephs, cousin. Siegmond Josephs, cousin

Military Record

Military service:
Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry
Military record no.:
Date enlisted/conscripted:
01 February 1916
Date discharged/death:
21 October 1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
13th Battn.
40th Royal Fusiliers 'Judeans'

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