Reuben L. Jeski

Date of birth: 8th January 1896
Place of birth: Tower Hamlets, London
Regiment: Wiltshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 27858
Died: 19th October 1918, aged 22 years
Buried: St Aubert British Cemetery, France (Plot IV, Row B, Grave 21)


Reuben was the fifth of 9 siblings born to Jacob and Sarah Jeski (nee Hamburg), who probably married in Poland in early 1888.

Both parents were Polish, Jacob being born in 1866 and Sarah in 1867. They arrived in London (Tower Hamlets) in time for their first-born to arrive in the September of 1888.


The family moved to Southampton sometime between 1901 and 1905 and lived at 20 Canal Walk, St. Mary’s.


Jacob, a tailor, died in Southampton on 9 April 1938 and Sarah passed away 6 months later, on 5 October.



Abraham Isaac   b. 22 September 1888 Tower Hamlets   d. 1970 Hounslow Married Annie Anderman in Bethnal Green in 1917.

Charles   b. 1890 Tower Hamlets   d. 30 July 1958 Hackney

Louis   b. 24 June 1890 Tower Hamlets   d. 1971 Stepney

Israel   b. 15 July 1894 Tower Hamlets   d. ??


Rachel   b. 6 May 1899 Tower Hamlets   d. 1978 Stockport   Married Morris Benjamin in Southampton in 1925.

Morris   b. 26 December 1900 Tower Hamlets   d. 1979 Stepney   Married Joyce A. Greenblatt in Paddington in 1928 (divorced by 1939).

Deborah   b. 1905 Southampton   d. ?? Single in October 1938.

Harry   b. 5 March 1908 Southampton   d. 1956 Southampton



The 2nd Battalion had been based in Gibralter when war was declared, and landed back at Southampton in September 1914.

They immediately moved to Lyndhurst, under the command of the 21st Brigade in the 7th Division.


The 21st Brigade landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914, and transferred to the command of the 30th Division.


In May 1918, the 2nd Battalion joined the 58th Brigade in the 19th (Western) Division.


Reuben must have died of wounds received earlier than October 1918, because his battalion was based at Rieux, Brittany on 17 October, not involved in any warfare.


The cemetery was begun on 12 October 1918 by the 24th Division, just after the capture of the village.


It is probable that Reuben was originally buried in Avesnes-les-Aubert Communal Cemetery and his grave was brought in after the Armistice.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th October 2016


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