Prayers for Trench and Base (1918) by Lt. Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques is a small prayerbook for British-Jewish men serving as military personnel on behalf of the British Empire during what later became known as World War Ⅰ.
This work is in the Public Domain due to its having been published more than 95 years ago.
This work was scanned by Aharon Varady for the Open Siddur Project from a volume held in the collection of the HUC Klau Library, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Thank you!) This work is cross-posted to the Internet Archive, as a repository for our transcription efforts.
Scanning this work (making digital images of each page) is the first step in a more comprehensive project of transcribing each prayer and associating it with its translation. You are invited to participate in this collaborative transcription effort!
To the Memory of My Great Friends
RONALD L.Q. HENRIQUES,
Killed in Action, 14 Sept. 1914.
LEONARD H. STERN,
Killed in Action, 9 May 1915.
DENZIL A. MYER,
Killed in Action, 25 Feb. 1917.
FRANK W. HALDINSTEIN,
Died of Wounds, 7 March 1917.
GERALD G. SAMUEL,
Killed in Action, 7 June 1917.
This little book of prayers, written and adapted by Captain B.L.Q. Henriques, should prove a welcome aid to private devotion in the trenches and at the base, and a valued companion to the official “Prayer Book for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers.”
May these simple prayers—mostly written in the trenches—be a solace and a strength to the individual soldier, even as they are a touching memorial to the brave men with whose names they are linked.
12 May 5678.
Before Going into Action
“Ye are My Witnesses”
“The Lord is My Shepherd”
“Cast Me Not From Thy Presence”*
“Thou Shalt Not be Afraid”
“Out of the Depths I Cried”
For Those in Danger
For the Dead on the Field of Battle
For the Afflicted
For Daily Strength
In Times of Danger and Temptation
On a Bed of Sickness
For the Triumph of Righteousness
*These Prayers have been adapted, for this booklet.
First Edition, June 1918, 5,000 copies.
Second Edition, November 1918, 3,000 copies.
“Prayers for Trench and Base, by Lt. Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1918)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
Side Arms: Readings, Prayers and Meditations for Soldiers and Sailors, by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron (1918)
[Abridged] Prayer Book for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers [in H.M. Forces] (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
Prayer for Sailors and Soldiers on Active Service, by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
For the Day’s Round in Camp, a prayer for soldiers by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)