Living History


Bit of a long story……but I need some advice and assistance on Australian archive/research sources in light of the last paragraph……….please read on

Last year, together with some other forum members, I gave some assistance to forum member Omri Lachmi who lives in the Middle East in relation to his relative who served as Reg Morris in 3rd Coldstream Guards pre WW2. Reg transferred to No 8 Commando – Layforce – and was taken prisoner on Crete in May 1941.

Omri has recently contacted me by email with an enquiry in relation to a brother of Reg Morris.

The family were first generation UK born children of east European Jewish immigrants. Reg’s brother was called Isidore or Isadore Cohen, born 27th October 1920. The family have no concrete evidence to prove which regiment he served in but believe it was the Black Watch from the attached photograph. SORRY PROBLEM UPLOADING – WILL TRY AGAIN.

As Reg enlisted under an “anglicised” name the family think Isidore may also have joined the army with a different name – especially as the third brother Maurice Cohen enlisted as Tommy Page. The family have the army service number 5674037 for ”Tommy” and are waiting for a reply from MOD .having requested his service record.

The family have contacted the MOD but they found nothing for Isidore Cohen. They have also contacted the Black Watch museum – again to no avail.

The only concrete information that the family have is that Isidore left London 23 Dec 1948 on a ship called Mooltan. He is shown on the passenger list as Isadore R (he adopted the name Robert – known as Bobby) Cohen destination Freemantle Western Australia. Born 1920 aged 28 years, Occupation Labourer. His UK Address was 45 Clarincarde Gardens.Bayswater London. I researched this address last year and discovered Reg Morris also lived there.

The family believe that Isadore settled in Western Australia and became a Prison Warden in Freemantle.

I am wondering if a Prison Service record for Isidore Cohen may be available under Australian Freedom of Information rules?

If his record is accessible it may contain a reference to his army service to enable the family to go back to the MOD with more concrete information to support a search for his service record and hopefully discover what became of Isadore after he arrived in Australia.

If anyone could search for a marriage or his death in Australia as a starting point please?

Any advice on how to progress this enquiry will be gratefully received by Omri and his family.


Steve Y

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