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Documenting & commemorating the contribution London Jews made during the First World War.

Judah and Lipman Przybysz, outside Judah's tailor shop in the East End. A We Were There Too user has recently identified them as his great-uncles. ©Jewish Museum

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Photograph of Lt Samuel Levinson and  Lieut. Philip Jacobs. ©Jewish Museum London/Jewish Military Museum

1265 images from the Jewish Military Museum/AJEX Collections

Available to view here for the first-time, an extensive collection of photographs, letters, documents, objects and books from the Jewish Military Museum/AJEX Collections, kindly provided by the Jewish Museum London. These remarkable images illustrate the experiences of individual British Jewish men and women who served in the First World War.


Personal Records

Charles Kaufman -28/03/1918
Cyril Charles Henry 1893 -26/09/1915
E H Hyman 1894 -01/11/1918
Walter Hirsch Hurstbourne 13/02/1887 -23/06/1917
Sydney Jack Dundon 1895 -16/08/1916
The Jewish East End

The proportion of the Jewish population to other residents of East London in 1899

  • 95-100%
  • 75-95%
  • 50-75%
  • 25-50%
  • 5-25%
  • < 5%

Find Someone

Use our digitised resources below to find a person living in First World War London.

The British Jewry Book of Honour

The British Jewry Book of Honour is a record of Jews who were killed in action and awarded military honours in the First World War, as well as the nominal rolls of Jews who served, listed by service and by regiment. 

The Jewish Chronicle Archives

The Jewish Chronicle has very generously made their 1914 - 1920 Archives available to We Were There Too participants, free of the usual fee charged for using the Archive. This will enable you to read about the First World War years from a distinctly Jewish perspective and to research your family.

7th May 1915
Sinking of the Lusitania
Off the coast of Ireland
‘The sinking of the Lusitania has transformed the face of the war. Up till recently it was a fight...
Jewish Chronicle
14th May 1915

Featured History Windows

London Jewish Bakers’ Union banner. 1925 - 1926. ©Jewish Museum London

How Jewish trade unionists persuaded the Labour Party to embrace Zionism.

The Labour Party’s public support for Zionism did not begin with the BaIfour declaration but three months earlier with the publication of their War Aims Memorandum.

Attack by Winsten, Clare. 1910. ©Ben Uri

Jewish Artists and the First World War

Around 1890 a group of Jewish children were born, who became important artists. They had a large and long lasting impact on British art in the Twentieth Century and each have interesting stories.

The Soul of an Officer, a sketch from one of Siegfried Sassoon’s journals. 1916.©University of Cambridge Digital Library

Poetry and the First World War

First World War poetry provides an access point for subsequent generations to try and understand an intense, complex event in our history, the scale of which seems incomprehensible.

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