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Date of Birth
16 Aug 1892
Date of Death
1 Jul 1918
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Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Sgt Harry Abbott, 104336, 1st Garrison Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment), died on duty in Egypt on July 1st, 1918. He was one of three sons of widow Mrs Agnes Abbott, of 11 Moreton Road, Luton, who had been serving in the Forces.
Harry, born in Markyate in August 1892, had joined up at the outbreak of war and was initially serving the Bedfordshire Regiment from 1914. He was afterwards transferred to the Sherwood Foresters and attained the rank of sergeant.
After being wounded and gassed in 1916 he received his discharge, but six months later he joined up again and subsequently went to the Eastern Front in Egypt.
Harry had married in December 1917, his wife Adelaide living in her home town of Tamworth in Staffordshire at the time of his death.
Meanwhile, his brother, Pte Francis Edward Abbott, also born in Markyate, was a prisoner of war in Germany, captured on March 24th, 1918. He had joined the Lothians and Border Horse in 1914 while acting as a butler to Lord Revelstoke, of Carlton House Terrace in London. He had married Ethel Louisa Smith at Emmanuel Church in London on December 31st, 1914, and they had a daughter.
Third brother, William Cecil Abbott, who was serving with the R.A.M.C. In Luton in 1915, became attached to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He was wounded in the right lung in November 1917 while on the Western Front, and the use of one finger on the left hand had gone, the hand being practically paralysed. He had since been discharged.