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Samuel Jacobs "Jake"

4 Nisan 5656 (18 March 1896)
24 Tishri 5714 (03 October 1953)

Basic Information

Unique reference:


Date of birth:
4 Nisan 5656 (18 March 1896)
Place of birth:
Poland, Russia
Date arrived in Britain:


Date of death:
24 Tishri 5714 (03 October 1953)
Died in combat?:
Place of death:
Cause of death:
Lung operation



6 Wilkes Street, Commercial Road
10 Raven Row, Bedford Park
15 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill


Foundation School, Whitechapel

Other Organisations

Brady Street Club
Jewish Lads' Brigade
Freemason: 10 Probity Lodge
Always marched in the Remembrance Parade


Blenheim Street Synagogue
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Samuel Jacobs

Letter from Richard Meyer of the Brady Street Club, 01 June 1914

Dear Jacob

I want to try to express to you my very high appreciation of your services to the club. I tried to do so on Thursday but feel that I did not express myself as clearly as I might have done. You have made yourself a model which other members can look up to; when you go each member and each manager must feel the loss of a friend. In my long experience of the club I have come across few so good and no single better member than you, boys come and boys go, most one knows for a time and then almost forgets. A few, a very few, remain as memories long after they leave the club. Their good qualities give us, not the usual fatherly regard, but a sense of real friendship. Of these few, you are one. You take with you to your new home the best wishes of all your friends, I hope you will be happy and prosperous and that in the years to come your thoughts may sometimes travel back to Old England and that your memory of the club, its members and managers may remain green.
Yours sincerely
Richard Meyer

Letter from H.L. Hatham from the Brady Street Club , 15 September 1915

My Dear Jacob
I have received your address from Sam Simons, and, am writing you these few lines just before I leave here for the Front, in order to say how very glad I was to hear that you were doing such excellent work with the Ambulance Section. I wonder if you found your work in the JLB of any value.
I have heard very little of Brady since the war broke out, but, as far as I can gather, it is going strong..May it go “from “strength to strength” as the good old saying is.
I have had an interesting and trying time- the first 6 months of the war I was in England, then we were at Malta for another six months, and now, after a stay f-ly about a fortnight here, we are off in a couple of days’ time to where the actual business is taking place.
I often think of you and of the dear old days at Brady. I wonder if they will ever come back again.
I hope that you, too, sometimes give a thought to the Club, and that your recollection is of pleasant memories. The very best of good luck to you, wherever you may be and whatever you may do!
Yours sincerely
H.L. Hatham

Letter from Harry, a friend in the Canadian Military, 15 June 1919

Dear Jake:-
Just got your address from Doug and thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know how we are making out. I wrote you from England just before I left but forgot to mail the letter and found it in my pack when I got home. Arrived here three weeks ago tomorrow and have started to work already. There is lots of work in the forestry line and I received three offers within a week of my arrival. I picked out the best which happened to be with the N.B. Gov’ment and so my headquarters are Fredericton. I am home tonight for the week-end only. Doug and Father started away on a fishing trip this afternoon so I did not see much of him, and will not as he is starting west to take up land sometime next week. He is heading for the Peace River and is going to carve a fortune from the wilderness etc.
The only fellow from our bunch that I have seen is Beebee. He is assistant city Engineer at Fredericton and is as full of his particular line as ever.
Well, I must get to bed as I have to catch the early train in the morning. Don’t forget my mail address is 262 St James St St John N.B. and drop me a line occasionally.
H L Holman
P.S. Are you married yet? Don’t know whether I can hold out for long or not. HLH

Letter from Tom, a friend in the Canadian Military, 30 November 1919

My Dear Jake
Well you sure must think as how I am a great old friend of war days. I don’t think. Judging from the few letters I have written to you. Well Jake old boy like all the rest of your friends here I wish you had returned to Toronto with us all, altho’ it is not that ‘the lot’ of happens to get together, but I’ve usually have a fine time when we do. The Sigs Association had a reunion dinner at the Walker House and say it was a real success. Wheeler is president, Stew is on the committee etc. there is sure a fine bunch of fellows who belong to it which is a big asset to it being a success because it was the element of cheapness that was in the G.W.VA that spoiled it’s chances of being the powerful unit it should be today.
Harry was down, also, big Bill from C.F.E. Stew’s brother, quite a number that you know, not forgetting your old friend Cap. P. May M.C.N.G. Say Jake he felt like a fish out of water. He is still in the army, altho in Civvies that night. Col Ford gave a little speech & several of the others whom you know. I met ‘Rip at’ a dance the other night, also was made acquainted with his sister & say she sure is a fine looking girl, had the odd dance with her. ‘Doc’ was to have gone with me but was sick. We have been skating at the Arena several times and it sure is grand to be on the ice again. i received a letter from Bonn and say it sure was a lovely one so sociable. Lotte Bluess wrote but she still says that “She cannot very good English”. They sure were good old days eh Jake? Remember the trip up the mountains to that cafe. Well how is business Jake? I dare say you are still working hard as for myself. I never worked harder or was ever more contented with my lot as now at peace with this old weary world as one is wont to call it. I am working on electrical repair work or motor cars at the ‘overland motor car Co’y. and it is certainly a great business here today. Nobody walks. The weather is becoming quite wintry now and by a real fire instead of the old stove of the dugout and rustled wood. I am enclosing a couple of snaps of my fiancee and myself they are not up to much but they will do. Well Jake the family send you their best wishes and I sincerely hope this letter finds you in the Best of Health and spirits and everybody well at home. Best regards from all the fellows
Your Old Friend Tom L.
A Bientot de nos Bonnes Nouvelles

Leaving for Canada

His father was a rabbi and spent a lot of his time down the road at the stiebl and never learned English.

Sam loved football and cricket and was once too ashamed to go home on a shabbos because he had lost his cap after playing football, something his father would not have approved of. By 17, maybe unable to reconcile his frumm home life and the life opening up to him through his English education and friends he set off for Canada.

Faking his age

When the war started in 1914, Sam went to enlist with the Canadian Army. Being so young, he was told he would have to have his father’s written permission and must have faked a letter because he was enrolled and gave his age as 20 years and 2 months- two years older than his true age.


During the War, Sam served in an Ambulance corps, rescuing the wounded from the battlefield. He kept a photo of a dead horse lying in the Field, explaining later to his daughter Leatrice that they would tie a wire round its leg and unreel the wire back to a position of safety; in this way they were able to orientate themselves at night or under fire. Later, he was transferred to other battallions to serve as a signaller, delivering messages and as a gunner. His pay was sent home to his father in Raven Row, Bedford Park and later Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill. Sam kept his passes which show the places in France where he was stationed. He also kept some pencilled messages delivered during the Battle of “The Ridge”.

Lung complications from Gassing

Although not injured in battle, Sam’s contact with gas during the war robbed him of his sense of smell. He regretted never being able to enjoy the scent of the flowers which he grew in his garden and used to ask Leatrice to describe the scents. He used to wear his Canadian army beret with appliqued maple leaf for gardening.The gas inhalation may have contributed to his cause of death; he died during an operation for cancer of the lung in September 1953 during Sukkot, six months after the birth of his first grandchild.



Sophia Horwitz "Sylvia" (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Place of marriage:


Leatrice Jacobs (female)
Braham Jacobs (male)


Dora Jacobs (female)
Esther Jacobs (female)
Abraham Jacobs "Abe" (male)
Harry Jacobs (male)


Father: Woolf Jacobs (male)
Mother: Liebe Jacobs (female)


Military Record

Military service:
Canadian Expeditionary Forces
Military record no.:
Date enlisted/conscripted:
21 November 1914
Date discharged/death:
02 June 1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Sustained injuries:
Lungs damaged from gassing
Field Ambulance
5th Battalion
Canadian Engineers

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Type of employment:
Home Guard during the Second World War
Type of employment:
Air Raid Warden during the Second World War


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