Noah Behrmann

Signalman, Royal Corps of Signals
Service number: 2574445
Died 15 Jan 1940
Buried Willesden Jewish Cemetery, United Kingdom
Age 32

Noah was born in 1907 in Windau, Latvia to Max and Polish mother Rachel nee Yavetz. Noah had three siblings, Esther, Deborah, and Alexander. Their father Max died in 1909 in Latvia just after the youngest Alexander was born and Rachel then travelled to England with her young children where she had her father and brother Isaac living in London. Rachel and her family settled in Maida Vale living at 87 Biddulph Mansions and the children attended Esden Road school.

After finishing school, Noah trained to be an accountant and after a work trip to Australia in 1932 he returned to marry his cousin Hulda Javitz. They married on 5 September 1933 at Brondesbury Synagogue and after their marriage moved to Birchington Court in Hampstead, London. Their son Maxwell was born in 1935 followed by Winston born in 1936. The family moved to 6 Green Walk in Hendon where Noah and Hulda were involved with community work. Noah was involved with the Habonim movement and Hulda helped refugees.

At the outbreak of war Noah enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals and whilst he was training Hulda and the boys went to stay with friends in Knowle Hill near Reading. When Noah found out he was being sent to France, the couple arranged a weekend away and arranged for the boys to stay with their grandparents. They booked a room at the White Hart hotel in Retford, Nottinghamshire where sadly they were both found dead in their room the next day. Their death was caused by a leaking faulty gas pipe in the room.

Newspaper articles in the gallery show details of their funeral at Willesden Jewish cemetery and details of the damages awarded to their children.

Maxwell, Winston and Hulda
Willesden Jewish Cemetery