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Weinberg, Albert

Born in Brussels on February 14th, 1892 the deceased came out to South Africa with his parents in November of the same year. Subsequently he laid the foundations of a bright career in the city, and took his intermediate examination at the Christian Brothers’ College. Later he pursued his studies at the Rhodes College, Grahamstown where he was successful in getting his B.A. degree. Having decided to practice dentistry, he first studied at Bloemfontein. In 1913 he proceeded to London to pursue his dental career at Guy’s Hospital, and he showed signs of making his mark in the profession he had selected. In August, 1916, when he was within nine months of qualifying in dentistry, he sacrificed this in order to participate in the war; this despite the fact that had he but waited the further short period in order to qualify, he could have secured his commission. At the outset he joined the South African Medical Corps, but in the early part of 1917 he was drafted to the South African Field Ambulance in France. He participated in all the hard fighting with the South African Brigade, and on account of his knowledge of dentistry his services were frequently requisitioned at the base when opportunity offered. He cheerfully braved all the hardships of campaigning, and his letters to his parents were written in optimistic strain. He has nobly offered his young life, as so many others have done, on the altar of sacrifice for the cause of righteousness and freedom.
Private Albert Weinberg had a promising career. Among his many accomplishments he was a brilliant violinist, and whilst in Kimberley he was a member of the Kimberley Musical Association and frequently gave his services as a soloist at various charitable efforts. [Reprinted from the Diamond Field Advertiser, Kimberley, Wednesday October 30th 1918]


Guy’s Hospital Reports Vol LXX, War Memorial Number

 

Biographical

Surname(s)Weinberg
First name(s)Albert
Date of birth14 Feb 1892
Place of birthBrussels
Family details

Son of Fanny Weinberg, of the Grand Hotel, Kimberley, South Africa, and the late Edward Weinberg.

Previous educationRhodes University College, Grahamstown, South Africa
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1913
Dept / coursePupilage and Chemistry & Physics
Qualifications

B.A. (Rhodes College)

Military unitSouth African Medical Corps
Date enlistedJoined South African Medical Corps in 1917
Service numberX/225
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death17/10/1918
Age at death27
Rank at deathPrivate
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeHonnechy British Cemetery, Nord, France
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
Sources

Guy’s Hospital Archives at King’s College; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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