I am interested in Lewis Bernard Silverstein, a clerk in the Civil Service from Putney, who after service with the QVRs in France in 1914/15 appears to have been transferred to the 1/23 Londons and went back to France on 15 May 1916.
He died aged 19 on 16 September 1916 in the vicinity of High Wood.
He is listed in the British Jewry Book of Honour but without a photo.
A look up of anything you have on him would be much appreciated.
I'll assume you have the CWGC and SDITGW entries for him.
Lewis Silverstein appears to have been part of a batch of around 30 men from the 9th Londons who transferred to the 23rd in May 1916. The war diary for May 1916 mentions a draft of 32 men arriving on the 28th, with another draft of 24 men appearing on the 30th, so by the end of the month I would imagine he was with the battalion. This was the beginning of the strengthening of the battalion prior to their involvement on the Somme.
I'm not sure whether these drafts were kept together in one platoon or spread out over the companies, but this small contingent of former 9th Londoners appears not to have faired very well with Silverstein and 9 of his colleagues being killed in action on 15/16th September (and no doubt quite a few others being wounded). The battalion lost over 565 O/Rs from the 15th to 19th September, so their rate of casualties was probably in line with the battalion overall.
His parents Oscar and Sarah, both born in Germany, were living in 1901 at 22 Lullington Rd, Penge, Surrey- Oscar was a clerk (possibly for a refreshment contractor?). Lewis (listed as Louis B. Silverstein) was a 3 year old staying at 98 Rutland St., Mile End the night of the census. He is listed as being the cousin of Emanuel Cohen, a Polish Tailor.
I'd be interested in hearing what the Jewry Book mentions for him- it's one of the many gaps in my library.
Hope this is of some help,
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