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PVT Hugh “Skipper” Abbott

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PVT Hugh “Skipper” Abbott

Birth
Lazonby, Eden District, Cumbria, England
Death 4 Apr 1918 (aged 34)
Burial Beaurains, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot F 2
Memorial ID 24711698 View Source

Hugh Abbott was a service casualty of WW1

Hugh was born in June 1883 the 4th of 6 children to William and Sarah Abbott (nee Toppin). His siblings were John, Isabella, William, Mabel. Noel and Mary, and the family lived in Lazonby in Cumberland

Hugh served his country for 2 years in the Volunteer Company of the York and Lancashire Regiment and also in South Africa in the Army Service Corps for 16 months. Afterwards he served in the 17th South African Light Horse for 4 months during the Zulu Rebelion in 1904.

In 1907 Hugh became resident as a farmer in the area around Moosejaw in Canada, where on the 22nd December 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Machine Gun Corps where he served as Private 781509, and was sent to fight in France,

He was killed in action on the 4th April 1918, after a direct hit by a shell on Telegraph Hill, which was situated east of Arras

Hugh was buried at Ronville British cemetery but was later exhumed and re-buried at the nearby Beaurains Road British cemetery. Hugh was 34 years old at the time of his death. He is commemorated on the Tuxford Roll Of Honor in Saskatchewan as well as the Regina War Memorial in Canada. Hugh is also commemorated at St.Nicholas Church in Lazonby where many of the Abbott family are buried

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