8 November 2009

1786370 Pte Ralph Schneiderman, 1/6th Bn, East Surrey Regt

1786370 Private Ralph Schneiderman of the 1/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, died in Italy on the 8th November 1944. He was born in east London and was living there when he enlisted. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that he was the son of Jacob and Rebecca Schneiderman of Stepney, London.

Schneiderman is an uncommon name, in England at least, and yet there are three Schneiderman deaths recorded on CWGC. Nineteen year old Lazarus Schneiderman died at Ypres in 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was the son of Mark and Millie Schneiderman, of 1 Hobson Place, Pelham Street, London. Kitty Schneiderman, a civilian, died in October 1940, presumably during the Blitz. She is recorded as a "Russian National; of 151 Heathfield Road, Hitchen, Hertfordshire. Wife of Louis Schneiderman. Died at Eaglet Place." She is buried in Stepney Metropolitan Borough Cemetery.

Eaglet Place no longer appears to exist and so I don't know in which part of London (presumably) Kitty Schneiderman died. Similarly, there is no Pelham Street in Stepney, although the street does exist in other parts of London. Nevertheless, I suggest that the three Schneiderman CWGC casualties are related and that Ralph Schneiderman, who was 24 years old when he died, was also of Russian extraction (even though the name sounds German).

Ralph Schneiderman is buried with 144 other men at Meldola War Cemetery in Italy. The cemetery, "was originally a battlefield cemetery of the 46th Division, into which a few burials were concentrated; they all date from the last week of October and the month of November 1944. Meldola itself was taken on 30 October, and in the ensuing month the 46th and 4th Divisions advanced to the Lamone River." (CWGC).

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


Ancestry.co.uk (1939-1945 Roll of Honour)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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