Lieutenant Dudley Jack Barnato Joel was an English officer of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born on 27 April 1904, in London, the son of Solomon, a businessman with extensive interests in South Africa, and Ellen Joel (née Ridley), a Lancashire actress who had converted to Judaism.[1] He studied at Repton School and King's College before becoming an insurance underwriter. In 1931, he was elected as the conservative member of parliament for Dudley,[2] and retained the seat in the 1935 general election.

Joel died on 28 May 1941, when German bombers attacked and heavily damaged the steam merchant ship HMS Registan off Cape Cornwall. The vessel had been designated an "ocean boarding vessel" and was tasked with the enforcement of the Royal Navy's blockade of enemy countries. He had married, in 1936, to Esme Oldham.

He is buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery.


  1. Maryna Fraser, ‘Joel, Solomon Barnato (1865–1931)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2013 accessed 12 Feb 2015.
  2. Rubinstein, William D. (2011), The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, p. 487.


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