|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1889|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1918, France|
Abell Abraham Shires was born in Wynyard, Tasmania. He was the loving son of Thomas Shires and Caroline. His military records describe him as being an unmarried labourer when he signed up. He died of wounds on the 30th of August 1918. He received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He occasional spelt his name without the extra L.
Many years after his death, in 2003, my parents gave birth to my brother. They named him Abraham in Uncle Abell's honour. It has always saddened me to think that his own family never got a chance to see his grave, to hold a funeral, to do many of the things we usually do when someone dies.
If you ever see his grave, I ask you, please stay a while, and silently tell him "You did a good job mate, thank you" on my behalf...
His father Thomas chose his epitaph, which I am told reads:
"Thy dress was like the lilies and thy heart as pure as they"
Note: Private, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Age: 29.
Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu
Departement de la Somme
Plot: II. D. 12.
Maintained by: Mads Shires
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56398357
To my Great Uncle Abell. Glad to have found you old mate! Thank you for your sacrifice on be half of my entire family and the people of our great country.|
Added: Jun. 5, 2013
Added: Apr. 29, 2013
I am your great-great niece. My brother is named Abraham in your honour. You were a hero Lest We Forget|
Added: Oct. 5, 2010