Lost at Fromelles: The search for missing WWI Jewish diggers
IN a frayed, 1915 promotional “Season’s Greetings” postcard distributed by the Australian Army, World War I Jewish digger Lionel Levy is pictured standing at atten-
tion in full army regalia.
The 28-year-old is looking straight ahead, his rifle slung over his left shoulder, fresh-faced and eager, with a hint of a grin creeping across his face.
“Off to the Front!” reads the mes- sage on the postcard. “Don’t forget they’re fighting for us!”
But Private Levy, of the 53rd Battalion, never returned. Just a few short months after his family received the post, the former taxidriver from Redfern, who had volunteered to join the Western Front just a year earlier, was killed in the infamous Battle of Fromelles in 1916.