JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen WW1 group photo - help please - COHEN, JOSEPH, KLEMANTASKI, PHILLIPS #general

Andrew Tatham <andrew@...>


I'm researching a group photograph >from the First World War. I have
discovered that 3 of the men pictured were Jewish - in fact all three are
named in the British Jewry Book of Honour. I thought I might try this
newsgroup to see if anyone has any thoughts as to how I can find out more
about them. Their names were Harold Cohen, William Franklin George Joseph,
and Louis Arthur Klemantaski. I have been in touch with the family of
Louis Arthur Klemantaski and I'm about to get in touch with a relative of
William Franklin George Joseph but I have so far not been able to find any
relatives of Harold Cohen. I would be grateful of any help or suggestions,
particularly with respect to the Cohen family. Brief details of these men
& their families are as follows:

**William Franklin George Joseph, born 30 Dec 1882, son of George Solomon
Joseph and Henrietta Marian nee Franklin, of Clanricarde Gardens,
Paddington/Bayswater, London. Brothers Edwin George and Francis George,
sister Jane Marian. Solicitor. Killed in action in France on 27 May 1918
whilst serving as a 2nd Lieutenant with 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire
Regiment. (I have more details of his life and family if anyone is

**Louis Arthur Klemantaski, born 12 Aug 1891, son of Sigismund Marcus
Klemantaski and Elizabeth nee Phillips (daughter of Godfrey Phillips,
tobacco merchant) of Tanza Road, Hampstead, London. Brothers Benjamin
Leonard (changed name to Klemens) and Godfrey Charles (changed name to
Phillips), sisters Alida (married Harold Edward Monro, the poet) and
Elizabeth. Music critic and founding editor of the musical quarterly
'Euterpe'. Killed in action in France on 27 May 1916 whilst serving as a
2nd Lieutenant with 8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. (I have met his
cousin Louis Klemantaski, the motor racing photographer, and have more
details of his life and family if anyone is interested).

**Harold Cohen, born 25th April 1895 at his parents' home: Oxford
Road, Reading. His parents were Percy Cohen (President of the Reading
Hebrew Congregation) and Jessie Gertrude nee Newnham (died 31 March 1921
aged 54). Went to Reading School. In 1914, he was in business with his
brother in Antwerp. On 26th March 1915 he was commissioned as a Second
Lieutenant in 9th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was attached to
8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment when the group photograph was
taken. On 15th July 1915 he was taken ill and on 18th July 1915, he died
of blood poisoning and double pneumonia at Reading War Hospital. He was
buried in Golders Green Jewish Cemetery (I have visited his grave). At
the time of Harold's death, his brother Reginald Percy Cohen was in
Folkestone, and his brother Arthur Lewin Cohen was serving in France.
The last known address of his father was Upper Redlands Rd, Reading (in
1924). His brother Reginald Percy Cohen was living at Rosslyn, Talfourd
Avenue, Reading in 1934. His brother Arthur Lewin Cohen died on 14 July
1966 at Battle Hospital Reading after having been hit by a car on 3 April
1966 (at which time his home was Boundary Road, Newbury).

To find out more about my history project, please have a look at my
website at , which includes a letter
of introduction >from Dr John Bourne, senior lecturer in Modern History
at Birmingham University
(at ).
There is also the text of a letter >from my great-grandfather, Colonel
(later Brigadier-General) William Crawford Walton, written three days into
the Battle of Loos at

All suggestions gratefully received.


Andrew Tatham
in Dorking, Surrey, England
email: andrew@...

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