Where was my husband’s granddad buried?
QMy husband’s grandfather, Louis Moss, arrived in this country between 1901 and 1911. The 1911 census says that he was born in Hessen, Germany, in 1888. He married Ada Emily Shyack at Cannon Street Road Synagogue on 24 November 1912, and their first child Harry – my father-inlaw – was born in London in 1914. The family then moved to Cardiff.
The records state that Louis was buried in Cardiff’s Highfield Road Jewish Cemetery on 7 May 1927, but when I visited there was no grave for him. Louis’ widow moved back to London, but she couldn’t have afforded to bury him there, having already paid synagogue fees for his Cardiff burial. Ada was buried in West Ham in 1961. However, Louis isn’t listed there.
I can’t find Louis – whose name may originally have been Moskowitz or Moszkowicz – entering Britain. I can’t find evidence for him being interned during the First World War as a German, nor for him serving in the forces – and where is he buried?
AI suspect Louis is buried in Cardiff, but that there is an error in the plot or location and/or he has no memorial stone and his grave is unmarked. That was not uncommon, especially if the family could not afford one.
It’s hard to determine with accuracy when Louis arrived, because the UK did not maintain records of passengers travelling between the UK and Europe. If Louis did not naturalise (and there is no record of it in The National Archives’ online catalogue Discovery at discovery. nationalarchives.gov. uk), the only clue to his arrival might be on his departure manifest from a European port. Few survive, but manifests for Hamburg do, and can be searched on ancestry. co.uk. I can find no record for Louis, but he might be under his original surname.
The Cannon Street Road Synagogue in the East End, where Louis was married, maintained its own marriage registers. According to the Jewish Communities and Records site ( bit. ly/CannonStRoad), registers covering the relevant period are now at the Tower Hamlets Register Office ( bit.ly/towerhamlets-register). These registers might contain additional information.
According to your family tree, Louis and Ada had seven children between 1914 and 1923, starting in London but from 1915 in Cardiff. Louis is in Cardiff business directories from 1916, so does not appear to have been interned.
Louis’ marriage authorisation form, from the Office of the Chief Rabbi in London, indicates that his brothers were from Poland – but does it confirm that Louis was from Hessen? The Germany connection may be a red herring. Michael Tobias
Louis Moss, the grandfather of our reader’s husband, died in Cardiff in 1927, but she can’t locate his grave. Our expert Michael has some suggestions