William Henry Abbott

Date of birth:                     1890
Place of birth:                   Tisbury, Wiltshire
Service No.:                       22435
Rank:                                     Sapper
Regiment / Division:      Royal Engineers
Battalion:                            7th Field Coy
Died:                                     4th September 1918 aged 28 years
Death Location:                France

Life before the War
William was born in Tisbury, Wiltshire in 1890 to parents Harry and Ellen, nee Denbeigh.   Harry was born in 1862 in Woolston,  Southampton whilst Ellen was born in 1861 in Honiton,  Devon.   William had a sister, Lydia Beatrice, born 1888 in Wardour, Wiltshire.

In the 1891 and 1901 census the family was living in the High Street, Wardour, Wiltshire.  Harry was a hairdresser.

William’s mother died in 1907 in Southampton.

By the 1911 census William’s father had remarried to Alice Ann Worthy.  William with his father, stepmother and step siblings, Dorothy Alice Worthy and Reginald Frank Worthy, was living at 112 Macnaghten Road, Bitterne Park, Southampton.  His father was a hairdresser, his stepmother a post office and general shopkeeper.  William was employed as a joiner in the house building trade.  William’s sister Lydia was living as a boarder with the Hand family at Maple Road, Bitterne Grove, Southampton.  She was employed as an Elementary School Teacher.

War Service
William joined the Corps of Royal Engineers, 7th Field Coy, enlisting in Southampton.  His rank was Sapper with Service Number 22435.  He died in the Western European Theatre.

William died on 4 September 1918.  He is Remembered with Honour at the St. Erme Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

William was entitled to the 1914 Star, British Service and Victory Medals.

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