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Date of Death
17 Apr 1915
War time / or Pre War occupation
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Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Harold Campbell Abbott, 10398, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action around Hill 60 on April 17th, 1915.
Aged 19, he was the second son of Mrs Emily Abbott and the late Mr James Abbott, of 96 Oak Road, Luton. He joined the 1st Bedfords in October 1913 after working in the straw trade.
Pte Chapman, of Ashton Street, Luton, who was in the trenches with Pte Abbott and had been at home recovering from his own wounds, said his pal had been killed the day before the famous charge. Shells had been coming over very quickly all day and one of these burst, and Pte Abbott was struck down. Death ensued very quickly and peacefully and he was buried with other victims the same night, Pte Chapman being present.
Another friend, Pte John Hawkes, told Mrs Abbott in a letter that her son died a brave death for a great cause. He truly died that others might live.