William Townsend ABBOTT

ABBOTT, William Townsend

Service Number: 805
Enlisted: 18 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Moonta, SA, 19 January 1896
Home Town: Orroroo, Orroroo/Carrieton, South Australia
Schooling: Moonta Public School
Occupation: Coach Builder / Wheelwright
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 31 July 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Moonta All Saint's Anglican Church Memorial Honour Roll, Moonta Corporation of The Town of Moonta Roll of Honour, Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1, Orroroo War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 805, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 805, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 805, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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Son of Matthias Deacon ABBOTT and Emily nee TOWNSEND


Digger - South Australian Births 1842-1906 (c) SAGHS

Surname: ABBOTT
Given Names: William Townsend
Date: 1896-01-19
Sex: M
Father: Matthias Decon ABBOTT
Mother: Emily TOWNSEND
Birth Place/Residence: Cross Roads
District Code: Dal
Book: 577
Page: 489

Biography contributed by Orroroo Area School

William Abbott was born in 1896 and was 21 when he enlisted in Orroroo. His height was 5 foot 6 inches and he weighed 134 pounds. His trade was a wheelwright and perhaps he used his trade in the army.

Before he joined the army he had been a member of the Light Horse Regiment.

He left Australia on the 9th of June, 1916, sailing from Adelaide on the Afric.

He arrived in Marseilles on the 20th of July, 1916. He joined E company then joined the 43rd Battalion.

His service number was 805.

He was killed in action on the 31 July 1917 in Belgium.

He is remembered at Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.