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Solomon King

Born:
1894
Died:
15 Tishri 5677 (12 October 1916)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
KIN9952
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1894
Place of birth:
Limerick, Ireland

Death

Date of death:
15 Tishri 5677 (12 October 1916)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
France
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension

Places

Addresses

His home:
14 Kayes Road, London (1916)

Schools

Name:
St George's Boys Public School, Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
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Lieutenant Solomon King, 27 October 1916

Lieut. King was the second youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. King of Bulawayo, South Africa and was born at Limerick in 1894. He was educated at St. George’s Boys Public School, Bulawayo, where he was one of the first to obtain the Beit Bursary, as his brother Geoffrey King was the first Jewish boy to win the Rhodes Scholarship some five years ago. He came from Rhodesia at his own expense to join the colours eighteen months ago. In November 1915 he obtained his commission and was posted to the Northumberland Fusiliers. He went to France as recently as the 6th September. Lieut. King was a keen sportsman and at the regimental sports at Hull last July he took several prizes.

The Rev. W. W. Gould C.F. writing to the deceased’s brother from France says: “You will have heard eve of this great loss you have sustained through the death of your brother. I am writing to you, as I found a reference to you in the Prayer-Book found on him. We buried him in the Military cemetery at ---. As there was no Jewish Chaplain at hand, I read the service at the grave from the Jewish prayer-Book. Our pioneers will work the place with the usual symbol of your faith. Will you allow me to express my sincere sympathy with you and yours in your great sorrow. It seems so tragic that your brother should have been cut down so soon in his career here, but God has thoughts and ways higher than ours. May He give you grace to say “The Lord game and the Lord hath taken, blessed be the name of the Lord’”.

A letter from the regimental nurse says: “He was always so cheery and bright, loved I am sure by both officers and men, a most popular officer. His example will not die. I will always think of him as he was a gallant English gentleman.”

Family

Siblings

Geoffrey King (male)
David King (male)
Anne King (female)
Isadore King (male)
Bernard King (male)
Benjamin King (male)

Parents

Father: Morris King (male)
Mother: Jane Light (female)

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Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
06 September 1916
Date discharged/death:
12 October 1916
Rank at discharge/death:
Second Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion/unit:
23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion

Roll of Honour

S. KING, 12 October 1916

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
13/10/1916
Age:
23
Regiment / service:
23rd (Tyneside Scottish) Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers
Cemetery:
Erquinghem-lys Churchyard Extension
Grave reference:
I. K. 10.
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