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Hyman Lubel, died for King and Country, The Great War for Civilisation, 1914 - 1918

Below is a poignant letter from my correspondent Jon Friend. Jon has written previously about his father's butcher's shop in Wentworth Street, Spitalfields


Hello again Phil,

Upon investigation I was delighted to find my great uncle Hyman Lubel's name engraved on the Stockwell War Memorial in South London. This was very heartening as I am the now only living member of my motherís family who has any idea of who he was.

Hyman Lubel was born in Mile End around 1894 and was the eldest of 5 children.  The family were orphaned around 1906 after which he took on the responsibility for bringing up his younger siblings in very tough times and in relative poverty. Nevertheless, he was very sporty and active in the Brady Club of Whitechapel. In the 1909 Brady Club photo, below this article, he is second from the left in the front row.

Just before the Great War he moved to South London and began a small printing company. Subsequently he was called up to serve in the Great War and lost his life in 1918. I possess his last hand written letter from the trenches, dated 29 January 1918, which was received shortly before his death.

My own grandfather served in the Suffolk Regiment & survived the war, after which he took over the business in South London. I understand he never came to the terms with the death of his older brother.  He died in 1946.

A sad tale of a poor East End kid, dead for King and Country at 23.

Jon
 
Hyman Lubel, 2nd from left in front Row, Brady Club, 1900
 Hyman Lubel, 2nd from left in front Row, Brady Club, 1909
 
Hyman Lubel's name engraved on the Stockwell War Memorial
Hyman Lubel's name engraved on the Stockwell War Memorial, South London
 
Stockwell War Memorial, South London
Stockwell War Memorial, South London

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