Harold Harry ABELL


ABELL, Harold Harry

Service Number: 173
Enlisted: 28 August 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leicester, England, United Kingdom, 1893
Home Town: West End, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Porter
Died: Died of wounds, France, 21 April 1916
Cemetery: Merville Communal Cemetery
Plot V1, Row P, Grave 19
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 173, 9th Infantry Battalion
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 173, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
21 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 9th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Harold Harry ABELL was born in 1893 in Leicester, England

His parents were George ABELL and Mary Eliza SAGGS who married in 1887 in Leicester.

The family emigrated to Brisbane, Queensland on 28th January 1909 on the ship Oswestry Grange - his parents George & Mary & siblings Millicent, Frank, George & Nellie - they arrived in Brisbane on 25th March, 1909

Harold had previously served in the Oxley Volunteers before ne enlisted on 28th August, 1914 with the 9th Infantry Battalion , they embarked from Brisbane on the ship Omrah on 24th September, 1916

He died of Wounds on 21st April, 1916 and is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal.



ABELL - In loving remembrance of our Son and Brother, Harold Abell (Anzac) who died in France April, 21, 1916

"A silent thought, a silent tear, will keep our loved one ever near"



ABELL - In sacred memory of Private Harold Abell, 9th Battalion who died of wounds received in France April, 21st, 1916

"At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember him"