Harold Henry ABBOTT

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ABBOTT, Harold Henry

Service Number: 1138
Enlisted: 8 March 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Armadale, Vic., 1892
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: St Patrick's College Perth
Occupation: Brush Maker
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 29 November 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
I C 36
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bickford Soldiers Memorial Hall Honour Roll and Memorial Plaque, East Victoria Park Bickford Young Mens Club HR, East Victoria Park Memorial Wall, Hampton RSL Gallipoli Memorial Gardens, Victoria Park War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1138, 24th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1138, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1138, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

He was born at Armadale, Victoria in 1891 to parents William Abbott and Ellen (Nellie) McShane. His family moved to W.A in the late 1890’s. His mother Nurse Abbott had a midwifery Hospital in Palmerston Street. His occupation was Brush Maker with the firm Zevenboom. He embarked in Melbourne on the “Euripides” on the 8th May 1915. He arrived at Gallipoli on the 4th September 1915 on the SS Abbassia from Lemnos. Harold’s Battalion was at Lone Pine from late September and he was Killed in Action on the 29th November 1915 shortly after his 24th birthday. This poem was placed in the Melbourne Argus newspaper on Saturday 29th January 1916 (page13), inserted by the employees of John Zevenboom and Co.
We gave our comrade to our country.
There were those who gave their gold.
Others who gave their treasure,
Service and skill untold.
We had no skill to offer,
We had no wealth to spend,
It was our greatest glory,
To have a comrade to send.
Harold is buried at Brown’s Dip Cemetery Plot 1, Row C, Grave 36. His Nephew donated Harold’s diary and war medals to the Australian War Memorial in 1971. Harold’s younger brother Norman also served in WW1 in the Navy, enlisting from W.A. He survived the war.

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