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Woolf Joel

Birth
Spitalfields, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
Death
14 Mar 1898 (aged 34–35)
Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Burial
Braamfontein, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
Memorial ID
136353126 View Source

Second son of Joel Joel and Catherine 'Kate' Isaacs, (sister to Barnett Isaacs who was better known as 'Barney Barnato.')

Woolf, along with his younger brother Solomon 'Solly' Joel, worked with their uncles Barney and Henry Barnato in their varied business interests. Both Joel brothers succeeded as trustees in the Barnato business empire, helping to keep it viable after Barney's 1897 suicide.

Woolf Joel resided in Johannesburg, where he and his brother Solly ran the South African end of the business.

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THE MURDER OF MR. WOOLF JOEL.
According to the latest telegrams which have been received in London respecting the murder of Mr. Woolf Joel in Johannesburg, the murderer accosted Mr. Woolf Joel in his office, and demanded 2500/. Mr. Harold Strange, who was present while Mr. Joel was dictating his letters for the outgoing European mail, saw the murderer flourish a revolver, and himself extracted a pistol from a drawer. Von Veldtheim thereupon fired at Mr. Joel, the bullet lodging in the desk, and Mr. Strange fired at the murderer, inflicting a slight wound on his mouth. Meanwhile Von Veldtheim fired the fatal shot, the bullet penetrating Mr. Joel's forehead between the eyes, after which the murderer was overpowered...An Exchange telegram states that Mr. S. B. Joel [his brother], who was at Capetown, left there by special train yesterday for Johannesburg. Mrs. Woolf Joel is dangerously ill. --The Standard (London, England); Wednesday, 16 Mar 1898; pg. 5.

The motive for the attack was a failed attempt at blackmail.

There is an identical grave marker for Woolf Joel in the family plot at Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery in London.

You can view Woolf Joel's marker in this cemetery here, and his marker in London by clicking on his name in the links below.

Second son of Joel Joel and Catherine 'Kate' Isaacs, (sister to Barnett Isaacs who was better known as 'Barney Barnato.')

Woolf, along with his younger brother Solomon 'Solly' Joel, worked with their uncles Barney and Henry Barnato in their varied business interests. Both Joel brothers succeeded as trustees in the Barnato business empire, helping to keep it viable after Barney's 1897 suicide.

Woolf Joel resided in Johannesburg, where he and his brother Solly ran the South African end of the business.

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THE MURDER OF MR. WOOLF JOEL.
According to the latest telegrams which have been received in London respecting the murder of Mr. Woolf Joel in Johannesburg, the murderer accosted Mr. Woolf Joel in his office, and demanded 2500/. Mr. Harold Strange, who was present while Mr. Joel was dictating his letters for the outgoing European mail, saw the murderer flourish a revolver, and himself extracted a pistol from a drawer. Von Veldtheim thereupon fired at Mr. Joel, the bullet lodging in the desk, and Mr. Strange fired at the murderer, inflicting a slight wound on his mouth. Meanwhile Von Veldtheim fired the fatal shot, the bullet penetrating Mr. Joel's forehead between the eyes, after which the murderer was overpowered...An Exchange telegram states that Mr. S. B. Joel [his brother], who was at Capetown, left there by special train yesterday for Johannesburg. Mrs. Woolf Joel is dangerously ill. --The Standard (London, England); Wednesday, 16 Mar 1898; pg. 5.

The motive for the attack was a failed attempt at blackmail.

There is an identical grave marker for Woolf Joel in the family plot at Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery in London.

You can view Woolf Joel's marker in this cemetery here, and his marker in London by clicking on his name in the links below.


Inscription


In Loving Memory of WOOLF JOEL, who departed this life the 14th March 5658 - 1898. Aged 35. "The grass withereth, The flower fadeth, but . The word of our God shall stand for ever."


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  • Maintained by: Lauren
  • Originally Created by: Barbara Haines
  • Added: 24 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 136353126
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/136353126/woolf-joel: accessed ), memorial page for Woolf Joel (1863–14 Mar 1898), Find a Grave Memorial ID 136353126, citing Braamfontein Cemetery, Braamfontein, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa; Maintained by Lauren (contributor 50944248).