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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

Michael Davis 1896 -30/08/1918
Wilfred Norman Beaver 11/05/1882 -26/09/1917
Jack Asher Swede 1898 -25/08/1918
Sidney Abrahams 1890 -1960
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

General Allenby addressing the crowd in Jerusalem. Adrian Andrusier Collection.

General Allenby Enters Jerusalem

In November 1914, the Ottomans entered the First World War on the side of Germany, taking the war firmly into the Middle East and the rivalries and Western influences already prevalent there.

Our Uninterned. Punch magazine, October 1915. © Punch Limited

Punch 1914-18 - Cartoons, Humour and Satire

Here is a selection of cartoons and comments – mainly selected for the inclusion of a Jewish theme or reference.

Jews’ Free School First World War Magazines.

The Jewish Free School (JFS) was established in 1732 as the Talmud Torah of the Great Synagogue of London, serving orphans of the community

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