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Private Israel West

Private Israel West A2 display sheet

Family

Israel West was born in Tadley on 11 January 1879.

His parents were Thomas and Sarah West (née West). In the 1911 census they stated that they had eleven children, four of whom had died. Known children are: George Thomas, Harvey ‘Billy’, Matthew, Albert, Gideon, Millie, Phillis (died), Job, Israel and Catherine.

In the 1901 census he was aged 22 and lived at Tadley Bottom, probably West Street.

In 1911 Israel, aged 33, and his brother Albert, aged 44, were both unmarried and still living with their elderly parents. Their address was given as Tadley Bottom and their occupation was listed as ‘Broom Maker & Dealer’.

Israel married Louisa Hicks on 13 September 1915 and they had two children: Maude, baptised on 28 November 1915, and Emily May ‘Sally’, baptised on 1 July 1917. They lived at 15 West Street next to Israel’s brother Job and his family. Israel’s widow, Louisa, later married Raymond Stacey the elder brother of Louis Stacey who died in World War I and is remembered on the Tadley memorial.

Israel’s older brother, Job, was the father of Albert and Alfred West whose tiny home in West Street many people will remember and which was demolished in 2007 shortly before Albert died.

Israel was the uncle of Harvey West, who also died in September 1918 and is remembered on the Tadley memorial.

Service record

Israel served as a Private in the 16th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 36557).

During the World War I The Royal Warwickshire Regiment raised 30 battalions. Three of these, 14th, 15th and 16th (Service) Battalions, were raised in September 1914 by the Lord Mayor and a local committee from men volunteering in Birmingham. These units were additionally entitled 1st, 2nd and 3rd City of Birmingham Battalions, and were known as ‘The Birmingham Pals’.

After training, the 16th Battalion joined the 95th Brigade, 32nd Division in June 1915. They proceeded to France, landing at Boulogne in November that year. In December they transferred to 15th Brigade, 5th Division, remaining on the Western Front for the rest of the war apart from a period along the River Piave in Italy in January 1918. Recalled to France to assist in combating the German Advance in late March 1918 they were in action during the Battles of the Lys. They then moved to the Somme in September 1918 where they were more or less in continuous action over the old battlegrounds until late October 1918.

Died

Israel died on Friday 27 September 1918, aged 39.

Commemorated

Israel is buried in Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

He is also remembered on Tadley war memorial.

Decorations

Israel was awarded two medals: Victory and British. These would have been sent to his wife.

TADS World War I Memorial Exhibition is available for loan to interested bodies (eg, schools, Remembrance events etc). Copies of individual's sheets may be purchased from Profile Print & Copy (see for further details)

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Page updated: Monday 4 May 2015; review date: 1 June 2015.