|1. Memorial:||Alexandria (Chatby) Jewish Cemetery No.3||Against West wall at end of Central pathway.|
|2. Book:||The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918||Pg.134|
|3. Memorial:||The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour||54C GQS|
Awards & Titles:
Member of the Inner Temple; R. M. Sebag-Montefiore, Roy. East Kent Yeo., Captain
London County Councillor
Family :Son of Arthur and Harriette Sebag-Montefiore, of East Cliff Lodge, Ramsgate; husband of Ida Sebag-Montefiore, of 3, Cleveland Row, St. James's, London. He was a descendent of the famed stockbroker and friend of the Rothschilds, Moses Montefiore.
He is remembered in the naming of the former Deal St School in London as the Montefiore Centre and at his synagogue in Ramsgate with the following inscription:
"This tablet is erected by the Ramsgate congregation to the memory of Captain Robert Montefiore Sebag Montefiore, Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles, eldest son of Arthur and Harriette Sebag Montefiore who died at Alexandria November 17th 1915, 12th Kislev 5676, in the thirty fourth year of his age from wounds received at Gallipoli in the service of his King and Country."
Education & Career :
He went to Clifton from 1896 to 1901 and afterwards up to Balliol, taking his degree before being admitted a member of the Inner Temple in 1907 and becoming a barrister.
Clifton is unique amongst the great Public Schools in that it had a boarding house (Hamburg, later Polack’s) for boys of the Jewish Faith. As a result it was christened, for want of a better word, by Bermant and others as "the Eton of the Cousinhood".
The Jewish Chronicle recall him as: An Elder of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Hon. Sec. of the Education Aid Society, representative for West Hartlepool on the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Member of Council of Jews’ College. Active in the Conservative Party, stood unsuccessfully for South-west Bethnal Green in 1907 and similarly for Hull in 1910. Commissioned in Royal East Kent Yeomanry in 1904. Member of the London County Council and as an associate of Toynbee Hall.
‘The death of Capt. Robert Sebag-Montefiore came as a great blow to the residents of Rochester. All the flags at the clubs and public buildings have been at half-mast during the week.’
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: Royal East Kent Yeomanry|
|Action : Gallipoli|
The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.
Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.
Sebag-Montefiore was wounded at Gallipoli and later succumbed whilst under the care of the hospital at Alexandria. He was buried in the jewish cemetery in Alexandria.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Old Cliftonian No. 3340 E.C.||London|
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley