Jewish WWI Vet Honored in London Ceremony

Lance Corporal Leonard Keysor repeatedly risked his life by tossing back live grenades that were thrown into his trench by Turkish soldiers in Gallipoli.

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A London-born Jewish soldier who fought with the Australian Imperial Force in Gallipoli was honored at a ceremony in London, at which a commemorative Victoria Cross paving stone was laid in his name, the Jewish Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Lance Corporal Leonard Keysor moved to Australia just before the war broke out, and immediately enlisted. He was sent to Gallipoli in June 2015. There, at the battle of Lone Pine, he repeatedly risked his life by tossing back live grenades that were thrown into his trench by Turkish soldiers. Despite being wounded and ordered to obtain medical attention he remained on the front line, volunteering to do the same for another company. He was later awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Christabel Flight, unveiled the paving the stone at the London ceremony. The principal Jewish chaplain to Her Majesty’s Forces, Rabbi Major Reuben Livingstone, said words of remembrance.