MANCHESTER estate agent Aubrey Lee is trying to trace the descendants of members of the Jewish Brigade who fought the Turks in Palestine in the First World War.

Aubrey's late father Morris Lee (formerly Lipshitz) arrived in this country from Latvia in 1912.

He was taken in by the Craft family in Stockport and then went into the clothing industry. He hated the sweatshop and volunteered for the British army at the age of 17.

Serving in the Royal Fusiliers, he was sent to Palestine. Along with other Jewish volunteers, he was drafted into the 38th, 39th and 40th Regiments - under Lieutenant Colonel Peterson - which became the Jewish Brigade.

Morris served in the 39th Brigade with the regimental number 321. He trained as a cook in Egypt and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He fought in the battles of Um-Shurt and Asalt in Jordan in 1916-17.

Morris, who late moved to St Annes, died in 1972.

Aubrey has since visited the Jewish Legion's Museum near Netanya and discovered that there were many British volunteers to the Jewish Brigade, including Harry Segal and Archie Hyman and a Mr Assinofski, of 74 Elizabeth Street, Cheetham, Manchester.

Fellow sons of legion members were also Yigal Yadin, Yitzhak Rabin, Mordechai Gur and Refael Eitan. Contact: 0161-980 2862.

MICHAEL Shpectorov of Israel is searching for any information on his grandfather's brother, whose last name was Spectorov, and his descendants. He was born presumably in Vitebskya Gubernya (Belarus). Michael's grandfather's name was Minka Spectorov, born around 1870, the son of Shimon/Shmuel.

Write to Omer Street 29/2, Karmiel 20100, Israel or email

ROSALIND Salustro of Bolton is trying to find her son, who was given up for adoption.

Rosalind, nee Lester, gave birth to Michael (Simon) on May 21, 1961 at North Manchester General Hospital.

She believes he was adopted by a Scottish family. Write to 56 Holcombe Crescent, Kearsley, Bolton BL4 8JY or telephone 01204 708354.

ADAM Kaufman of New York is trying to find descendants of his paternal grandfather Joseph Kaufman's uncle.

Joseph was born in Baronovich, near Minsk, Belarus. He left at the age of five with his father, Solomon Kaufman, and the rest of his family. They eventually emigrated to America. However, his father's brother, also a Kaufman, settled in Manchester.

Write to 585 Stewart Avenue, Suite 302, Garden City, New York 11530 or telephone 001 516-228-8823.

NAOMI Barnett of Melbourne is trying to make contact with Ronnie or Gerald Barnett, sons of Samuel (Shmulie) and Esther Barnett (nee Mencofski) who died around 1956/57.

Write to Unit 2/3 Bundeera Road, Caulfield South, Melbourne, Australia 3162 or email

STEPHEN Taylor of Vancouver would like to locate his cousin Denise and her mother Sylvia.

Sylvia Levy was married to the late Melvin Taylor and had two children, Lionel and Denise; and at one time lived on East Meade Road in Prestwich, Manchester.

Write to 409 Douglas Park View SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2Z 2R1 or email

DAVID and Rhoda Pearlstein of Las Vegas are looking for anyone related to Henrietta Levenson, nee Rosenthal, who was married to Morris Levenson in 1929.

Their daughter, Adele, died in late 1935, possibly at birth.

''We are especially interested in Morris who was David's uncle and died in Leeds in November 1967,'' Rhoda said.

Henrietta passed away in February 1983 and both are buried in the United Hebrew Congregation cemetery on Gelderd Road, Gildersome.

Write to 1400 So Valley View Boulevard, Apt 2067, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 89102-1638, email

GERALD and Rosalie Bleetman of London would like to know if Charles Bleetman is related to them.

Write to 347 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6LG

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at Please include your home address.

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