Ernest William ABBOTT


ABBOTT, Ernest William

Service Number: 1516
Enlisted: 11 July 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: White Hills, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Haberfield, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Potter
Died: Killed In Action, Fromelles, France, 20 July 1916
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel 2, VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1516, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1516, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1516, 30th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Mother wrote to Base Records, 17 March 1917:

'I have had letters from three different soldiers, who told me he was shot in the stomache (sic) and he was in the dressing shed behind the lines and had his wounds dressed from that all trace of him is lost. One soldier who wrote was in the shed at the same time getting his wounds dressed ... Is it likely he could be a prisoner and not be able to write, I am sure he would if he possible (sic) could it is eight months now and the suspense is awful.'



30 Battalion

Rank - Lance Corporal

15 February 1916 - Joined A Company, 30th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir

11 March 1916 - Appointed Lance Corporal

16 June 1916 - Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force

23 June 1916 - Disembarked Marseilles, France

20 July 1916 - Wounded in action and reported missing. Was seen to have severe wound to abdomen

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Worked for Abbott & Son. Potters of Five Dock

Son of William Edman and Mary Ann Abbott, 90 Ramsay Road, Haberfield, Sydney, New South Wales. Brother of 3186 Pte Herbert Abbott, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 22 July 1917, Charles Frederick Abbott and George Robert Harbour Abbott. Ernest also had three sisters, Alice Elizabeth Jane Abbott, born 1885, Elsie Emma Abbott, born 1887, and Gertrude Abbott, born in 1897 and twin to Herbert.