Cardiff United Synagogue War Memorials

Although Cardiff United Synagogue in Cyncoed Gardens, Cardiff is  relatively new building it has two war memorial plaques moved there from other synagogues in Cardiff that have now closed down.

Cardiff United Synagoue WWII memorial

Cardiff United Synagogue WWII memorial

 

Those remembered on the memorial:

SGT F/E  LEON BASSMAN  R.A.F.V.R.

LEON ASHER BASSMAN

Sergeant (Flight Engineer), 550 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Service Number 1423298).

Leon Bassman portrait

Leon ‘Lawrence’ Asher Bassman was born in Cardiff in 1922 to Henry Bassman, a cabinet maker and sales agent, originally from Russia and Lucy Maud Bassman nee Willett from Newport.  Leon’s father had served in the British Army in WWI in the 9th Russian Labour Corps (1917-19).  Leon attended St Illtyd’s school (1934-39) and the family lived at 31 Glynrhondda Street, Cathays.  He had served in the RAF for three years and was a Sergeant (Flight Engineer) in 550 Squadron when he died on 4 Oct 1944 aged 22.  He was one of seven crew on a training flight on Lancaster NF963 when it lost control, went into a steep dive and crashed  in North Yorkshire.  The pilot managed to parachute to safety but was badly injured.  The other six crew members were killed including Leon Bassman.  He is buried at the Jewish Cemetery in Windsor Place, Cardiff (Grave A2/20).  Leon Bassman is remembered on a plaque at Cardiff United Synagogue at Cyncoed Gardens and on the St Illtyd’s school memorial plaque at St Alban on the Moor church.  Commonwealth War Graves Commission record.

 

CAPT  PHILIP M BOGOD   R.A.

LT  PAUL CLOMPUS  R.A.F.

CPO DAVID COWAN  R.N.

SGT A/G  DENNIS DAVIES  R.A.F.

 

FLT/SGT  SIDNEY FELMAN  R.A.F.V.R:-

SIDNEY FELMAN

Flight Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner), 57th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Sidney Felman portrait and grave

Sid Felman was born on 9th July 1917 to David Felman, a bullion buyer, and Jany Felman née Malamid.   In 1939 the family were living at 7 Wordsworth Avenue, Roath with Sidney working as a canvasser.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record for Sidney record the family address as being Penylan so they may well have moved in the early years of the war.   He was on board the a Wellington bomber R1437 which was shot down and crashed, at Rholderfehn, Germany, on 10th Apr 1941. He was aged 22.  He is buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, in Germany (Grave17.C.I) and date of death recorded as the date he and the crew went missing.

 

CPL  ELI FINE  R.A.S.C.

CPL CYRIL H GOLDMAN R.A.F.

CPL ABRAHAM GRUNIS  R.A.F.V.R.

SGT  TONY HAZAN  R.A.F.

SGT  WOOLF HOLMAN  R.A.M.C.

SEAMAN  HENRY HUNTMAN  M.N.

GDSMN  SANUEL HUNTMAN  WELSH GUARDS

CAPT  JACOB H JOSEPH  R.A.M.C.

FLT/SGT  HYMAN LEVENE  R.A.F.

FLT/SGT NAV   H KENNETH LEVY   R.A.F.

STEWARD  SAMUEL MESSER  M.N.

SGT  SAMUEL MIARA  R.A.F.

AB  CYRIL NEWMAN  R.N.

STEWARD  LEON PHILLIPS  R.N.

STOKER  JONATHAN PHILLIPS  R.N.

STEWARD  JACK PHILLIPS  R.N.

SGT  THEODORE  A RUBENSTEIN  ARMY A.C.

SGT A/G  EDWARD SHATZ  R.A.F.

MAJOR  RUDOLF STUPPEL  R.A.M.C.

 

Cardiff United Synagogue WWI memorial plaque

Cardiff United Synagogue WWI plaque – originally from the Cardiff New Synagogue, Windsor Place, Cardiff.

The names on the memorial:

LT AARON SIMEON COHEN R.A.M.C.

ISAAC COHEN

SOLLY HARRIS

MORRIS JACKSON

ISSY SHIBKO

MOSS ZEILER

LT WILLIAM WOOLF

ISAAC GREENBERG

MAURICE ISAACS

SAM LACOMBE

ALBERT MOSS BELMAN

MAURICE ZIMMERMAN


 

Also currently in storage is the memorial that used to be at the Cardiff Cathedral Road Synagogue:

Cardiff Cathedral Road Synagogue War Memorial