Harry died at Hotel Metropole

JOHN Pidgeon has come across Harry Hoffenberg while researching the Home Guard in Dorset.

Harry, who lived in the Corner House, Lansdowne, was the son of Barnett and Betsy Hoffenberg, of Broom Lane, Salford; they were originally from Russia, and married in about 1882.

They had 12 children. Harry was born on December 14, 1892. In the 1911 census, he was living with his parents at 281 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester. At that point he was called Hyman.

He worked as a jeweller's traveller, like his father and at least one of his brothers, but was a picture framer at the time of his emigration to America in 1913. In New York, he worked as a salesman.

In 1918-19, he served in France as part of the 118th Machine Gun Battalion.

He applied for a US passport in October 1919 so he could travel to England to discuss a business venture with his father, who was in the wholesale jewellery business.

In 1926, there was a notice in the London Gazette, giving a change of name under the aliens' restrictions: H Hoffenburgh, formerly Harry Hoffenberg, carpet salesman, 281 Cheetham Hill Road.

By 1943 Harry was a jeweller's traveller once more, and was a private in the 6th (Bournemouth) battalion of the Hampshire Home Guard.

He died at the Hotel Metropole on May 23, 1943, and was buried four days later at Urmston New Synagogue Cemetery.

He is remembered in the County Borough of Bournemouth book of remembrance.

John would like a photograph of Harry and his grave.


War medal

Alistair McEwen wants to reunite a family with war medal.

The silver First World War medal - found in Eaglesham - belonged to Private Harris Shindler, of the Scottish Rifles.

Harris was born in Russia in 1877 and, before moving to Britain, served for three years in the Russian Army.

He worked as a shoemaker, lived at 326 Govan Street, Glasgow, and enlisted at Bath Street, Glasgow on October 25, 1916.

His wife was Sarah, also Russian, and their children were Morris (born Russia on April 28, 1901); Max (born London on November 15, 1906); Philip (born Glasgow on May 10, 1908); Michael (born Partick on May 13, 1910); Hyman (born Whitechapel on July 24, 1912); and Rachel (born Glasgow on February 25, 1915).

He was discharged on August 7, 1918 at Eastbourne Military Hospital suffering from TB and pleurisy.


Drowning tragedy

Derek Guiness is looking for descendants of Joe Ginsberg (Joseph Myers), who was born to his great uncle Philip Ginsberg and his wife Naomi (nee Myers) in Leeds in 1895.

Joe moved to Grimsby and married Lucy Annie Moss in 1926. They had a son called Peter, who was born in 1927.

Joe died on holiday while swimming in Guersney in 1946. His wife and son tried to save him. Peter studied medicine at Cambridge University in the mid-60s.


Fire watcher

AJEX archivist Martin Sugarman wants information on the grave of Jewish fire watcher Gilbert Hyams/Hyman, who was killed in the Second World War.

Gilbert, who lived at 7 Laburnum Grove, Litherland, Liverpool, was killed at Canada Dock on May 3, 1941, aged 65.

Write to Martin, c/o 16 Brethouse Rd, London E9 6QG, telephone 07758 821561 or email

Chess mate

Martyn Griffiths has been researching the history of chess in Wales for many years.

He is trying to find out about Dr J Fine, who was one of the leading players in Monmouthshire (Gwent) from 1947 until 1960.

There was a Dr JFine, who played on board two for the Glasgow Jewish Institute when they won the Spens Cup in 1927.

There is a record of a Joseph Fine, born 1900 who was living in Scotland.

Anyone who can help Martyn, should email

Family friend

Elisabeth Moller is looking for an old family friend called Harry Goldberg, originally of Glasgow.

Harry was a professional photographer married to Pennie Cotton. He lived at 26 Grove Road, Havant, until 1970, then he lived with Pennie at 15 Grove Road, Havant until 1975.

From 1979 to 1981, a P Goldberg lived at 13 Grove Road.


First magistrate

Michael Meadowcroft, of Leeds, is researching Paul Hirsch, who was appointed the first Jewish magistrate in Leeds in 1899.

He was described in his obituary as "a noted philanthropist and communal worker".

Michael would like to hear from the children of his grandsons Paul and Gerald Bernhard or of his granddaughter, Yvonne Bernhard, who married John Smith. or write to Waterloo Lodge, 72 Waterloo Lane, Leeds LS13 2JF.

Glasgow furriers

Marc Ryszfeld, of Paris, is looking for descendants of his cousin Albert Edward Richfeld/Richfield.

Albert, who died in 1978, was the son of Paul Richfeld, who died in 1961. Both were furriers in Glasgow.


Monty's relatives

EDWIN Leigh is searching for Montague (Monty) Cohen or any of his relatives.

Monty, who would be in his 80s, was born at Berkeley Street, Cheetham, Manchester.

Telephone 0161-740 7887 or email

Foundation ceremony

ELI Weller, of Bnei Brak, has submitted this pictures from the foundation ceremony of the Central Synagogue in Manchester in 1928.

Eli's great-grandparents Aaron and Chana Weller came from Vilkavisk to England in 1888, settling in Manchester.

Email or telephone 00973-5748980.

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at
Please include your home address and contact telephone number.

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