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.
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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