|1. Memorial:||Tuileries British Cemetery||Belgium|
Awards & Titles:
Family :The children of Sydney and Maria Abbott are:
Sydney John Abbott, born 20 April 1908, Aldershot, England;
Stella Marie Abbott, born 13 December 1909, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and
Robert Warne Abbott, born 14 May 1914, Sittingbourne, Kent, England
Note: Maria Abbott came to Canada in 1916 and she married Henry F. Sanders , living at 117 Elgin Street, St Thomas, Ontario
- The First World War 1914-1918, World-wide.
|Unit / Ship / Est.: 1/Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)|
1st Battalion August 1914 : in Dublin. Part of 13th Brigade in 5th Division. 15 August 1914 : landed at Le Havre. December 1917 : moved with Division to Italy. Returned to France April 1918.
Service Number: G/4642
Unit: 1st Battalion, The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Previous Service: The Royal Canadian Regiment, and
2nd Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment
Killed in Action: 3 April 1915
Buried: Tuileries British Cemetery, Belgium
Sydney Abbot was born in August 1882 in Valeta, Malta and is the son of John Stephen and Ellen Jane Bowles. On 21 May 1907, he married Sidonie Rubina Maria Arnitt and they lived at 48 Rugby-road Leamington, England. He enlisted in Birkenhead, Lancashire, while resided in Sittingbournen, Kent, and he had previous service with both The Lincolnshire Regiment and The Royal Canadian Regiment. He is shown in the 1911 Canadian Census, living married, but singularly, at the Wellington Barracks in Halifax, NS. He died in Flanders, France on 3 April 1915 is buried in Belgium.
ZILLEBEKE 3rd April
The enemy shelled our trenches about midday causing several casualties in “C” company. Our artillery seemed quite unable to make any impression on the enemy’s fire which was from what is known in the battalion as “WHIZ BANGS” the name given to the enemy’s light artillery on account of the sound made by the shells.The enemy also shelled the battalion’s dressing station which was situated in some (illegible) fields known as “THE TUILLERIE” but without doing any damage.
The day was moist and with occasional light showers. During the afternoon very heavy explosions were heard from a southerly direction.
He was awarded the Queen’s South African Medal, King’s South African Medal, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Royal Standard No. 398 E.C.||Montreal & Halifax|
11th January 1910
8th February 1910
5th April 1910
The contribution record of the Royal Standard Lodge No. 398 at the United Grand Lodge of England shows no war service and arrears for 3 years leading to 1921. It is most likely that the status of this soldier was unknown to the Lodge, otherwise he may have appeared upon the original Roll of Honour.
The names of those brethren who fell are taken from the monument formerly located in the foyer of the Masonic Hall on Barrington Street, which now resides in the banquet room of the Masonic Hall on Coronation Avenue in Halifax, NS.
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Founder Researchers : Paul Masters & Mike McCarthy
- Researcher : Bruce Littley
Researcher : Stephen Smith - Royal Standard Lodge