A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between
A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between


Ancestral surnames: 

  • Klemantaski, Rozenburg, Bosman, Van Straaten, Isaacs, Phillips, Sieradzki, Judah (by marriage: Bessie, Abrahams, van Amerongen, Hart, Nijkerk, van Gelder, Abrahamson)
  • see his family tree drawing via www.groupphoto.co.uk/extra Row 3



  • University College School


Decorations & Campaign Medals:

  • Oak leaf emblem for Mention in Dispatches (4th January 1917 - listed in error under Royal West Kent Regiment) 
  • 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal



  • buried in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France (at 44b.R5c.2.6) (a considerable distance from where he was killed – it must have been being used for burials from the sector of trenches the battalion was occupying)  – Plot I, Row A. Grave 15 (a note on the CWGC website says that this plot was being used for burials in this period and not used for concentration of graves from other sites after the war). Gravestone: “Second Lieutenant Louis A Klemantaski, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 27th May 1916, Age 24” - with Star of David enclosing 5 Hebrew characters and personal inscription: “A noble off'ring's unforgot”. CWGC
  • Willesden Jewish Cemetery Prayer Hall (one of 322 names)

  • University College School (one of 253 names, including 7 masters)

  • British Library (spelt incorrectly as “Klemantaski L S”) (one of 142 names)

  • On his wife Phyllis’ grave in the churchyard of St Winnow, near Lostwithiel, Cornwall 


Pages in book (www.groupphoto.co.uk/the-book): 108-112


Appears in Charles Bartlett's letters: see I Shall Not Be Away Long book


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