REUNITED - AFTER 100 YEARS
Dr Louis Debson with son Jack Debson and Aaron
Daniel Sher, Moyra Jacobs, Renee Sobell, Michael
and Margo and Alan Rosenberg
It has been more than 100 years
since the Debovitch family travelled from Poland and fragmented
across the world.
But on Sunday the family was brought back together for a reunion
in Manchester to honour the 95th birthday of Dr Louis Debson,
originally a Debovitch.
travelled from as far afield as the US to attend the reunion,
held in the Sha'arei Shalom North Manchester Reform Synagogue.
family left Poland at the end of the 19th century for America,
but some members stopped in England and ended up settling in
Sheffield, including Sam who met and married Gertie
(nee Goodman). The couple had six sons - all of whom
served in World War II - and three daughters.
Over time, the
sons changed their names to Debson or Dawson for commercial
reasons, including Dr Debson. Dr Debson made a name for himself
in the army after saving the sight of a soldier by successfully
performing an operation on his eye by jeep headlight in a
living member of the Debovitch family - and the only family
member in the UK to retain the original surname - is Edith,
who was married to eldest Debovitch son Jack and who
celebrated her 100th birthday in December, 2008. While Edith was
unable to attend the celebrations on Sunday, her daughter
Cynthia was present.
She said: "It
all went off very well and it was enjoyed by all. For me
personally, it was very nice to meet up with one of my relations
from America who I have been in touch with. Dr Debson made a
speech and many people paid tribute to him."
Dr Debson lives
in Liverpool with his son Jack and his son's partner,