Nov 19 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
MEMBERS of 11 prominent local Jewish families paid tribute to their war hero relatives at a Remembrance Sunday service.
Jewish Pinner Synagogue, in Cecil Park, Pinner, arranged the special service to commemorate soldiers who died in the Second World War after a misplaced memorial plaque with the names of local Jewish soldiers was recently discovered in a basement at the synagogue.
More than 50 relatives of the 11 soldiers named on the plaque were among the 150-strong congregation paying their respects.
The wooden plaque was mislaid 60 years ago and was discovered by the synagogue’s restoration manager and caretaker during renovation work in mid-September.
Cyril Hooker, 79, of Kenton, the younger brother of the The Reverend Solly Hooker, who was named on the plaque, attended the services along with 11 other family members.
He said: “It was a very emotional day for me.
“I was only 13 years old when my brother died. I am the youngest out of 11 so me and my brother, Solly, have a lot of relatives. I felt very honoured to be the main representative for my brother at the service, all the family members were made to feel like royalty, it was truly amazing.”
Researcher Laurence Harris lives in Pinner and has been a member of Pinner Synagogue since 1983.
He spent three weeks tracking down the families and said: “It was a brilliant service and great to see family representatives from all the names on the plaque. There were people from different generations there which was great to see.
“I read out a few of the names and their background stories, which I think was really important to share with everyone there.”
Synagogue member Brian Eisenberg, 68, of Beecham Road, Pinner, added: “The service was brilliant, very overwhelming and emotional. I am really pleased that we managed to track down all 11 families. For us to have such an opportunity to pay our respects to these men was incredible.”