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UK Disability History Month – Jack Brunel Cohen’s story

10 December 2013 by Kay

Jack Cohen

We are highlighting people’s stories and objects featured in the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate UK Disability History Month. Our third instalment is Jack’s story.

Jack Brunel Cohen was born in 1886. He was the Jewish great-nephew of Liverpool department store owner David Lewis. Jack and two of his brothers fought with the 5th Battalion, King’s Regiment during the First World War. He was wounded in action at Ypres and had both of his legs amputated.

After the war, unable to work in the family business, he devoted himself to the welfare of ex-servicemen and disabled people. A founding member of the Royal British Legion, Jack campaigned for the compulsory employment of disabled people.

He died in 1965, aged 79.

Jack’s story is featured in the City Soldiers gallery, Museum of Liverpool.

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