1918 Final post on a terrible 10 months for the Levy / Waxman family

As covered already, Bert & Harriet lost their only son (20) , and their nephew Cyril Whelan (19) (a Waxman) in same accident on Anzac day 1918 over the skies of London.

Bert and Harriet had also lost another another nephew 8 months earlier in August 1917 in Captain Roy Blashki from Sydney. Roy was the son of Minnie Waxman, Harriet’s elder sister. Captain Roy Blashki (photo below) had been ‘Mentioned in Despatches’ twice for bravery in late 1916. Here is his bravery recommendation from 1916. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R158564 He was killed at the terrible battle at Menin road, Ypres in Belgium.

The death and misery of the Great War didn’t end there for the Levy / Waxman families. In late March 1918, a month before Alwyn and Cyril’s death, another nephew of Bert and Harriet’s was killed. This was young Sergeant Albert Levy from St. Kilda age 23. Albert was the youngest son of Jacob & Eva Levy of 3 Park Street, St.Kilda with Jacob being Bert’s elder brother. Albert was described by all his comrades in the Red Cross reports as being Jewish and tall, close to 6 feet. The reports vary but it appears he went out to rescue a wounded German in ‘No Man’s Land’ and was shot in the ankle. Whilst being carried back by stretcher bearers he was tragically shot by a sniper in the head and died instantly.
Like Roy above, Albert was also a war hero. He was awarded the Military Medal for action 3 months earlier.

Red Cross account of Albert’s death. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1494542

Australian War Memorial record of Albert’s action that resulted in Military Medal award. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1580958

Albert was honoured with a Last Post Ceremony at the War Memorial on the 100th anniversary of his death on March 29 2018. I understand from Phil Lipshut that a number of Levy family members were proudly in attendance.

Spare a thought especially for Harriet and Bert. In the space of ten months August 1917 to April 25 1918 they lost one son and three nephews on both sides of the family. An absolute unbearable loss for any family. Bert’s mother Mina back in St.Kilda lost 2 grandsons in one month.

Lest We Forget

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