In Memory

Departed But Never Forgotten


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John Barnett & wife, Jennifer Forse

John Barnett grandson of Julia Sasiene & Lewis Barnett



Bush Fires Ravaging Australia Strike The Sassienie Family


The bodies of John Barnett, a London, England native and his wife, Jenny (Jennifer Forse) were discovered in their burnt out home at Steel’s Creek, less than 20 miles from ground zero of the fires that swept through Victoria on the night of February 7th, 2009.


John Barnett, associated Professor at the University of Melbourne, where he was principal research fellow in animal welfare and Jenny a researcher at the National Parks Association and a long-time, tireless campaigner for Victoria's forests and national parks.


John Barnett and his wife, Jenny spent most their country retreat north of Melbourne. The couple, who were in their 60s had no children.



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Jacob Sasieni, Annie Faust, Sophia Sasieni and Louie (Lily) Sasieni
Who tragically lost their lives in World War Two

Jacob Sasieni also known as Philip Mason born 1873, his wife Annie Faust also known as Millicent Mason born 1873, their two daughters, Sophia Sasieni also known as Bessie Mason born 1904 and Louie (Lily) Sasieni  also known as Lily Mason born 1907, all lost their lives from injuries sustained during a Luthwaffe air raid on the city of Weston-super-Mare England at 10 Rectors Way in the year 1941.

The family were all born in London England and it was likely that they moved to 10 Rectors Way, Weston Super Mare in the South West of England believing that the area would be a safe haven from the daily bombing raids affecting London. At that time, it was generally thought that surely anything would be safer than London during the Blitz,

Weston received many evacuees in late 1939, they arrived there from London and other large British cities.

Nowadays, people often take holidays in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, England  and the town has adapted to meet those needs. But in World War two, probably due to the RAF airfields, bases and factories in the area Weston-Super-Mare was tragically targeted by the Luthwaffe. The first bombs fell on Weston in June 1940 but the worst blitzes took place in January 1941 and in June 1942. Large areas of the town were destroyed. On 3rd January 1941 to 4th January 1941 17,000 incendiaries fell on Weston Super Mare and the surrounding cities and on the Saturday  4th January 1941 during  a Luthwaffe bomber air raid on the town, Rector`s Way in Weston Super Mare took a direct hit completely destroying number 10 thus killing Jacob Sasieni, his wife Annie and daughter Sophia. Daughter Lily died one month later from injuries sustained in the blast.

It must have been a most horrible sight because many people were severely burnt. They had to have their clothes removed, a terrible job because they stuck to the burns.

American military authorities estimated that the European war cost all belligerents 14 million dead and 5,500,000 permanently disabled; but if those figures were taken as covering the global war and as including Japanese losses in killed and disabled of around 1˝ million, they would probably not be very far out.

The toll of civilian lives was even more indefinite but certainly no less appalling. When all the resources of the embattled nations were mobilized for total war, the distinction between soldier and civilian was largely obliterated, and with it the relative immunity from enemy action which non-combatants had previously been supposed to enjoy. Yet the bombing raids which struck at crowded centres of population accounted for only a small proportion of the casualties. British civilian losses from air attacks were 60,585 dead and 86,175 injured.

Losses of the War

The effects of the war spread far beyond the battlefield. The military machines of the great powers moved men and women away from their homes, some for good. Not only physical violence but also economic requirements changed relationships between nations, societies, and individuals. The war brought ruin to many, to others hope. No other years have transformed so drastically the expectations of millions of men and women. The effects of the war will still dominate world affairs.

Please do not forget the sufferings that statistics can muffle and I hope the reader will be able to sense the tragedy of this war.



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The home of Jacob Sasieni and family (centre) a few days after the bombing




Includes Jacob Sasieni and family


The Horrors Of The Blitz During World War Two


Warning: Contains disturbing scenes


Video - The Blitz experience, from the film: In Which We Serve

1942 British patriotic war film directed by Noël Coward


Do not forget the Sassienie families who were at the receiving end of Nazi oppression


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Child Mortality Rates

!9th century & early 20th century

A harsh world took the lives of nearly 25% of all infants born during these periods. Infant mortality rate is the death of a child before their first birthday; this is an annual rate of deaths measured in one thousand childbirths.


The infant mortality rates in the early to late 19th century and early 20th century were high. The babies raised in ideal conditions, clean environment, regularly breast fed, and well cared for could expect death rates of 80 to 100 per thousand. The inner city rates were dramatically higher, 300 deaths per thousand on average mainly due to the poverty, dreadful housing situations, and unhealthy urban sanitary conditions. The development of obstetrics, which encompasses all aspects of pregnancy, birth and its result, evolved into the rise of gynecology. This moved the care of the Mother and child from the home and the midwife to the hospital and the doctor.

Puerperal fever or (metria, puerperal septicaemia or puerperal sepsis) is an infection of the uterus usually contracted during or right after the delivery of the child. This was the main cause of death in childbirth during the 19th century. Although the disease would almost always show up in the autopsy, the fact that it was contagious became a heated debate in the medical community. Finally through the work of Holmes (1809-94; Boston, 1843) and Semmelweis (1818-65;Vienna, 1858) it was proved that the Doctors and Midwives carried the infection and that by simply washing their hands death rates would drop dramatically.


In Memory of Lilian Dightmaker

was born June 1912 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died 1926.


In Memory of Matilda Dightmaker

was born December 1913 in Shoreditch, London, England

and died 1918.


In Memory of Joseph Minden

was born September 1918 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died September 1918 in Whitechapel, London, England


In Memory of Dinah Sasiene

was born July 12, 1865 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died June 4, 1869 in Whitechapel, London, England



Burial: burial book 18 Freeman St


In Memory of Esther Sasiene

was born March 1882 in Whitechapel London, England

and died March 1883 in Whitechapel, London, England.


In Memory of Julia Sasiene

was born December 1859 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died July 17, 1862 in Whitechapel, London, England.


In Memory of Rachel Sasiene

was born December 1856 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died July 16, 1866 in 3, Raven Row, Spitalfields, London, England


In Memory of Dinah Sasieni

was born 1864 in London, England

and died November 28, 1865 in Whitechapel, London, England.


In Memory of Lewis Sasieni

was born Jun 1895 in Whitechapel, London, England,

and died 18 Sep 1903 in Johannesburg, South Africa.



Burial: 18 Sep 1903, Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg, South Africa - Block: A/C Grave #: 210


In Memory of Mabel Rose Sasieni

was born September 1891 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died October 16, 1891 in Whitechapel, London, England.



Burial: October 16, 1891, West Ham J/8/27


In Memory of Mozes Sasieni

was born December 28, 1829 in Amsterdam, Holland

and died June 28, 1830 in Amsterdam, Holland.


In Memory of Rachael Sasieni

was born March 7, 1827 in Amsterdam, Holland

and died September 30, 1827 in Amsterdam, Holland.


In Memory of Samson Sasieni

was born August 28, 1828 in Amsterdam, Holland

and died May 16, 1832 in Amsterdam, Holland.


In Memory of Wolf Sasieni

was born 1924 in South Africa

and died 1925 in South Africa.


In Memory of Dinah Sassienie

was born 1866 in London, England

and died March 15, 1869 in Whitechapel, London, England.


In Memory of Jane Sassienie

was born September 1904 in Bethnal Green London, England

and died July 31, 1905 in Bethnal Green London, England.



35 Walton Buildings

Burial: July 31, 1905, plashet c/79/14 p231 # 999 no stone


In Memory of Morris Sassienie

was born June 1898 in Whitchapel London, England.

and died June 20, 1898 in Whitechapel London, England.


More About Morris Sasienie:

Burial: June 20, 1898, plashet A-1-8 (baby), of Jacob, #821 p39, 13 Whites Row, London, England


In Memory of Rachel Sassienie

was born September 1891 in Whitechapel London, England

and died September 1893 in Whitechapel London, England.


More About Rachel Sassienie:

Burial: May 9, 1893, West Ham d/24/10


In Memory of Simon Sassienie

was born September 1871 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died January 27, 1872 in Whitechapel, London, England.


In Memory of Solomon Sassienie

was born October 1867 in Whitechapel, London, England

and died March 3, 1869 in Whitechapel, London, England.


In Memory of Wolf Sassienie

was born January 27, 1837 in Amsterdam, Holland

and died January 27, 1837 in Amsterdam, Holland.



January 27, 1837, Stillborn


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In Memory of Stella Sassienie

The last Sassienie of the East End of London, England


Photo: Barking, Essex, England 1974


Stella Sassienie was born September 15, 1919 in Whitechapel, London E1, England and died March 19, 1995 in Whitechapel, London E1, England.

She married Samuel Lewis in September 1947 at Stepney, London, England.  He was born 1918, and died 1997


Stella Sassienie had the characteristic red hair frequently seen amongst all generations and branches of Sassienie family members. She suffered from polio and arthritis as a child  Was wheel chair bound in later years.


Stella lived in Stepney Green and Whitechapel areas of London, England all her life and was the last

Sassienie to have remained in the East End of London, England until her death in 1995.


Sheltering in the Strand Underground train station – London bombing raid 1940


Some time ago there were archived photos released and published highlighting the 70th anniversary of the London blitz.


An email was received from a man in Casino, Australia saying that his 97 year old grandmother (still living 2010) and immigrated to Australia in 1954 recognised a young lady featured in a magazine photo of Aldwich underground station around 1940 during the London blitz, as her Work College and friend, Stella Sassienie. He said that his grandmother and Stella worked around the Strand area in a small factory that made servicemen’s uniforms.


In the photo Stella Sassienie can be seen centre sitting on the railway track. She.appears to be knitting, maybe completing some unfinished work begun before the bombing raid.


Most of the bombing occurred during late evening, so perhaps Stella Sassienie was working late and got caught up in the bombing.


Doris Sassienie also worked somewhere manufacturing servicemen’s uniforms; perhaps it was the same place? And on a day when Doris was absent ill from a bad bout of flu, the factory was bombed and everyone killed.


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Jacob (Jack) Sassienie
 Death Annoucement


Jacob (Jack) Sassienie

Heavy cigarette smoker, died from lung cancer, 1961

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Newspaper clipping from 1962


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Joel Sasieni
 Death Annoucement

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Newspaper clipping from 1945


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