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Simon Lightstone

Born:
1898
Died:
1 Av 5677 (20 July 1917)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LIG5325
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1898
Place of birth:
Whitechapel

Death

Date of death:
1 Av 5677 (20 July 1917)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Essex
Cause of death:
Accidentally killed, not in flight
Burial place:
Plashet Jewish Cemetery

Places

Addresses

31 Hanbury Street, London

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Lads' Brigade
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Accidental death account

It is typical overcast summer’s day with a light breeze of not more than four or five mph. A landing party is walking airship SS.39 back to its shed after an instructional flight. Although a routine operation, on this occasion they are being supervised by the Commanding Officer of the Airship Training Wing, Commander Waterlow. Suddenly the airship begins to lift off. As instructed the landing party lets go of the ropes, all except, that is, Clive Waterlow and two of the party, PO Mechanic Maurice George Collins and AMII Simon Lightstone. For some reason these three men spring forward and grasp the fore starboard guy just as the airship leaps into the air and quickly gains height. The three men hang on as well as they can but as their grips weaken they fall one by one to their deaths.

Family

Siblings

Hyman Lightstone (male)
Bessie Lightstone (female)
Nathaniel Lightstone (male)
Esther Lightstone (female)
Alfed Lightstone (male)
Isadore Lightstone (male)
Minnie Lightstone (female)

Parents

Mother: Rachel Lightstone (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
Royal Navy Air Service
Military record no.:
S/15791
Date discharged/death:
20 July 1917
Rank at discharge/death:
Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Assignments
Posting:
President II
RNAS Cranwell

Roll of Honour

S. LIGHTSTONE, 20 July 1917

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Date of Death:
20/07/1917
Age:
Regiment / service:
Cemetery:
Plashet Jewish Cemetery
Grave reference:
L. 8. 6.
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