Abbott, William Tunnage

Lance Corporal 6586 William Tunnage Abbott. 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company. Killed in action at Bucquoy on 15th March 1917, aged 23. Buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuterne, France.

  •  Born in Stratford, London on 22 October 1893
  • Joined Great Eastern Railway on 17th May 1900, employed as a clerk in the Stratford Loco Accountant Office
  • 1911 census: Living in Stratford with his brothers and father, his mother having died when he was ten, and his father’s sister.  Both of his brothers had followed his father onto the railway, being employed as an engine fitter and an engine fitter’s apprentice.
  • Enlisted into the HAC at Armoury House on 5th January 1916, giving his address as 79 Chobham Road, Stratford, East London
  • Initially posted to the 3rd Battalion
  • Transferred to the 2nd Battalion on 7th September 1916
  • Arrived in France on 2nd October 1916
  • Promoted to Lance Corporal (unpaid) on 5th February 1917
  • Killed in action at Bucquoy on 15th March 1917
  • Aged 23
  • Buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuterne, France
  • Grave reference V.G.27
  • Personal inscription: “Staunch to the end/Against odds uncounted”
  •  Youngest son of William Tunnage Abbott (1859-1925), a railway engine driver, and Banny Abbott, nee Ball  (c.1862–1903).  William senior and Banny married in West Ham in the third quarter of 1888.
  • Brother of Francis (or Frank) C. (b. c.1890), Arthur William (b. c.1892)

Sources:

1891 England Census return for 7 Millais Road, Leyton, Essex.
1911 England Census return for 79 Chandos Road, Stratford.
England & Wales, Death Index 1916-2006
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
British Army WWI Service Records 1914-1920
Soldiers Died in the Great War
Database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Great Eastern Railway staff magazine: 1917 p.167
Website of National Railway Museum accessed 10th March 2013
Personal visit to cemetery

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