Ben Kesel

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  • Born in Warsaw in Poland, Ben moved to England as a child. He did not speak good English at that time and the unusual spelling of Kesel comes from the misspelling of the name by the authorities. Ben then used this spelling from that point assuming it to be correct. By profession Ben was a black cab taxi driver in London. He had a great sense of humour and was a keen music lover, particularly enjoying listening to Classical Tenors such as Gigli and Caruso. Another hobby was playing the card game 'solo'. Ben came to England as a child and married Anne Shaber in 1932. He had a son Henry born 5th July 1933 and a daughter Evonne born on VE day, 8th May 1945. Although Ben never believed in joining political parties he marched against the Fascists in the 1930s. Ben initially lived in Stoke Newington but when they were bombed out moved to Finchley.

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