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Early Life :

Born in Christ Church, Gateshead, Durham, England to James and Eleanor (nee Lang) and baptised on 3rd July 1878.
Lived at 2 Radbourne Terrace, Durham, the oldest of 5 children.

In 1904 he was living at 7 Ravensbourne Terrace, South Shields and 1911 living at 2 Reading Road, South Shields

Military :

Unit :  SS Lorca 

Action : Naval Campaign 

Action :

Thomas ABBOT was the Master of the SS Lorca (4129 grt) which was torpedoed by the German U Boat U-49 captained by Richard Hartman, 200 hundred miles from Ushant on a voyage from Gulfport, Norfolk, Virginia. It was carrying timber en route to Calais/Cherbourg. 32 souls lost at sea. Thomas was the only Freemason recorded in this action and eventually one of five brethren from his Lodge who lost their lives during the war.

U-49 met its end nearly two years later when it was rammed in the Bay of Biscay and sunk by gunfire from SS British Transport. All 43 crew were lost.

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations that do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes all Merchant Navy losses.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Hedworth No. 2418 E.C.Durham

17th March 1904
15th April 1904
28th March 1907

United Lodge of England Registers record Drowned - 1916.

Discrepancies (Require checks, clarity or further research) :

Some sources say date of death is 15th November 1916 and some 29th October 1916. In Thomas' case the CWGC source is used; the ship sailed from Norfolk on 29th October and was torpedoed, per German history, on 15th November.

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