Pvt Abraham Bevistein

Pvt Abraham Bevistein

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Death 20 Mar 1916 (aged 17)
Calais, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial Labourse, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot B. 5.
Memorial ID 55963998 · View Source
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Casualty of the Great War,Private Abraham Bevistein, from East London, lied about his age to join the 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment~Service No:G/1799 when he was 15. He was wounded in December 1915. After recovering in hospital, he returned to the front where a grenade explosion left him shell-shocked. A medical officer ordered him back to the trenches, but he did not return. He was arrested, tried by a court martial and executed.

He served under the name of Harris and was the son of Rebecca and Joseph Bevistein of 48, Anthony Street, Commercial Rd., London.

He is additionally commemorated on theThe Shot at Dawn Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, England, in memory of the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for cowardice and desertion during World War I.The memorial portrays a young British soldier blindfolded and tied to a stake ready to be shot by a firing squad.
It is surrounded by a semicircle of stakes on which are listed the names of every soldier executed in this fashion.In 2007, the Armed Forces Act 2006 was passed allowing the soldiers to be pardoned, although section 359(4) of the act states that the pardon "does not affect any conviction or sentence." The real usual cause for their offences has been re-attributed in modern times to post-traumatic stress syndrome and combat stress reaction.
Soldiers accused of cowardice were often not given fair trials; they were often not properly defended, and some were under age.

1911 England Census
Name: Abraham Bevistein
Age in 1911: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1896
Relation to Head: Son
Birth Place: POLAND, Russia
Civil Parish: St George in the East
County: London
Address: 5 Anthony St, Commercial Rd, Stepney
Marital Status: Single
Registration District: St George in the East
Household Members:
Joseph Bevistein 40
Rebbeca Bevistein 35
Abraham Bevistein 15
Kate Bevistein 12


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  • Maintained by: KenR Jr.
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55963998
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Abraham Bevistein (18 Apr 1898–20 Mar 1916), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55963998, citing Labourse Communal Cemetery, Labourse, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by KenR Jr. (contributor 49966516) .