18643 Private Francis Roland Abbott

8th(Service)Battalion

Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916

Born in Aldermaston ,Berkshire in 1894.

His parents were Harry Abbott(1868-23/03/1940) and Nellie Hawkins(1870-01/02/1945). They married in 1893.

He had 2 brothers; Fred(1895-1915) and

Sidney 24/12/1898-1971).

He also had 4 sisters; Ethel(born in 1900),

Annie (29/12/1900-1986),lily(23/10/1903-1979) and Emily(14/02/1906-1987).

In the 1901 census the family were living at

Little Ham

Farm,  Baughurst,Hampshire with

Harry Abbott's occupation being that of farmer.

By the 1911 census, Francis had left the family home and was living and working on his grandfathers farm called NorthLeigh Farm ,located in NorthLeigh,Honiton,Devon.  

He enlisted in London and his date of disembarkation into France was on 08/12/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,the1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.

In recording his death,the Reading Mercury on 11/11/1916 also stated that he was the possessor of a first class marksman badge. 

 

 

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