Edgar George ABBEY


ABBEY, Edgar George

Service Number: 1345
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Preston, Victoria, 11 November 1869
Home Town: Warrnambool, Warrnambool, Victoria
Schooling: Alfred Crescent State School, North Fitzroy
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 17 July 1917, aged 47 years
Cemetery: Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Plot 11, Row C, Grave 26
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1345, 38th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
20 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1345, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 38th Infantry Battalion, Messines

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Born in November 1869

Son of Benjamin and Annie ABBEY. Native of Preston, Victoria

Cousins of 158 Pte Harold Claude ABBEY, 14th Bn, died of wounds, 19 May 1915;

74 Pte Frederick Brian ABBEY, 7th Bn, died of wounds, 30 April 1915

1655 Albert Edward Abbey, 24 BN, returned to Australia 27 September 1919

548 James Wesley Abbey, 14Bn, Returned to Australia, 10 March 1918

6460 William Benjamin Abbey, 4 Bn, killed in action 17 July 1917

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

"...1345 Private Edgar George Abbey, 38th Battalion, of Preston, Vic. A clerk before enlisting in July 1915, Pte Abbey was promoted to Sergeant before leaving Australia for England in June 1916. Promoted to Lieutenant (Lt) in May 1917, Lt Abbey was one of five men inside a command bunker at Messines on 17 July 1917 when a German shell burst through the roof and killed him instantly, aged 25." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)