Their mother Rose eventually remarried
a man named Henry Augustus Webb and bore him two children.
Daughter Olive (Rita) and son Henry Richard.
The twins it seemed were inseprable and they enjoyed sports
and outdoor activities, especially soccer. they were one
of the first children to enjoy the newly set up scouts
club in Hampstead and had a public school education and
also attended St Augustine´s School in 1904 while
living at 87 Hartland Road.
In 1908 their mother died of Cancer and they were sent
to live with their grandma Julia.While their stepfather
kept Rita and Henry. (The twins were never to see them
What life was like for the young boys growing
up believing they were orphans is unclear. They both joined
the army in 1915 with Leslie signing up in Australia (after
working on farms and visiting relatives there)he served
in Egypt and France.While Gordon signed up in Britain.Serving
in France, where he was shot in the arm, but survived
by swimming the river Somme. In later years he would insist
that his children learn to swim as his ability to swim
had saved his life! The boys met up in Paris while serving
in the war and had their photograph taken in full uniform.
Leslie who was 5ft 2in tall with brown eyes and light
brown hair died of Bronchil Pneumonia on 16th February
1919 while in the 1st Australian Hospital, Warminster.
His funeral was held at the United Synagogue
Jewish cemetery in Willesden where his grandma Julia was
also buried (she had died aged 84 on 29th
March 1917 in her home at 10 Cambridge gardens)
In 1926 Gordon traced his brothers footsteps back to Canada
and Australlia meeting many of the people Leslie had talked
about on his travels.
On the boat back home to England Gordon met Elizabeth
McCarthy whom he would later emigrate with to Australia
and marry on 13th February 1928 in Melbourne.
The couple had 3 sons and a daughter. Doris Elizabeth
in 1929, Leslie John in 1931, Richard Brian in1933 and
Allan Arthur in 1947.
In 1947 the family changed their Durlacher surname to
Dale. Gordon Louis died aged 59 in 1956 and his children,
Grandchildren and great Grandchildren all still live in
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