Jack, son of Hirsch and Miryam Levy, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1887. His siblings were Harry and Leah.
Jack immigrated to London, England in his youth. In November 1907 he married Russian-born Rivka Chapkovsky. They lived in Whitechapel in London and Jack worked as a tailor, specializing in women’s clothing. The couple had four children: Charles (1908- ?), Hyman (1910-1987), Sadie/Sarah Levy Craddock (1912-1994) and Miryam Levy Cramer (1914-1995).
During World War One, Jack volunteered to fight with the Jewish Brigade, in the 38th Battalion (other sources indicate 39th Battalion) of the Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). He arrived in Palestine with his battalion to participate in the war against the Turkish Army to conquer the land. He fought in the Jordan Valley, in Jericho and in the Battle to capture El Salt in Trans Jordan.
In the beginning of October 1918, the battalion participated in an exerting march, hiking from El Salt to Jerusalem. On October 24 1918, (18 Cheshvan, 5679) Jack fell in the line of duty and was brought to rest at the British War Cemetery on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem. He was awarded a medal for his service.
Jack was survived by his wife and four children, the eldest being ten at the time of his father’s death and the youngest only four.
Jack’s name was memorialized at the Jewish Legion Museum (Bet Hagdudim) in Moshav Avichayil and in the “Yizkor Book” published by the Jabotinsky Institute.
The details of the life of Jack Levy appear in part on the "Yizkor" website of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
The story of his life was researched and completed in 2018 by the volunteers of the “Giving a Face to the Fallen ” organization.