John Garton ABBOT

ABBOT, John Garton

Service Numbers: SX18063, 437922
Enlisted: 21 March 1942, Wayville, SA
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 43 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Norwood, SA, 28 December 1915
Home Town: Red Hill, Mid North, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Red Hill, South Australia, Australia , 14 September 1978, aged 62 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Kadina Memorial High School WW2 Honour Roll, Minlaton War Memorial WW2
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World War 2 Service

21 Mar 1942: Involvement Bombardier, SN SX18063, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
21 Mar 1942: Enlisted Gunner, SN SX18063, Wayville, SA
24 Apr 1943: Discharged Bombardier, SN SX18063, 12th Anti AIrcraft Battery
15 May 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 437922, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
15 May 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 437922, Adelaide
24 Jul 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 437922, No. 43 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
7 Feb 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 437922, No. 43 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Helena Perre

John Garton Abbot

Service Number(s): SX18063, 437922

John Garton Abbot was born on the 28th of December 1915, in Norwood South Australia. He lived most of his childhood in Norwood, but then later on he moved to Red Hill, in the Mid-North of South Australia.   

He had three other siblings, named Alice Mavis Smith (born Abbot), Doris Olive Bowman (born Abbot), and one other with an unknown name. His parents’ names were William Hemsworth Abbot and Clara Abbot (born Lillian). He has several cousins and other relatives with unknown names.

On March 21 1942, John was 27 and he enlisted in World War II, under the service number of SX18063. He became a Bombardier on Homeland Defence in the Australian Army. For an unknown reason he was discharged on the 24th of April 1943, it is believed he was injured and could no longer fight so he was sent home. He enlisted again on May 15th 1943, under the service number of 437922. This time he was in the air force.

After the war he returned home and married Olive Mildred Anderson, and had a son named Richard Abbot. His son married a woman named Jan who had two children called Joanne and Ben. John died at the age of 62 years old on the 14th of September 1978.