Wreaths were laid and kaddish was said last Sunday for 23 victims of an ill-fated British-Palmach mission in 1941.
Representatives from the Association of Jewish ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) paid respects to those who died in Operation Boatswain, a failed mission conducted jointly by the elite arm of the Haganah in Mandatory Palestine and the British Army.
The operation unsuccessfully tried to sabotage oil refineries in Tripoli, before a boat containing 23 Palmach commandos was lost at sea.
During a ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetery, AJEX’s Brian Bloom and Mike Bluestone also honoured British Jewish agent Lionel Lee.
He was captured and likely executed at Gross-Rosen concentration camp in 1944.
Invited by The Secret WW2 Learning Network and the Last Post Association, the names of the 23 victims were added to the Addenda panel of the Memorial to the Missing. Lee, who was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government, was also commemorated on the memorial.
During the event, a message was delivered by AJEX archivist Martin Sugarman, who campaigned for the memorials to take place.
National chairman, Mike Bluestone , said: We were honoured to be invited to take part in these meaningful commemorative events.
“It was equally very moving to see the names of Jewish World War 2 heroes added to the memorial, and I felt proud and privileged to recite Kaddish for the fallen.
“Seeing our AJEX National Standard paraded alongside those of other representatives rounded off two very special and memorable ceremonies’.
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