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Early Life :

Born circa 1889 to Donald Nicoll and Grace Abbott. He is recorded on the FreeBMD register on the Q4 register of 1889. Baptised 17th November 1889. In 1891 the family were living at 84 Anerley Park, Penge, Lewisham. with 2 older siblings.

In 1911, living aged 21 at 2 Overbury Avenue, Anerley, Surrey. Occupation is Clerk at Lloyds. One of 4 siblings- 2 older 1 younger. Dorothy Grace (24), Donald Leonard (23) and Marjory Lois. In the household were 2 servants, a cook and a housemaid. Father was a Wine and Spirit Merchant.

Family :

  Son of Donald Nicoll Abbott and Grace Abbott, of 2, Overbury Avenue, Beckenham, Kent.

Education & Career :

In 1901, he is a boarder at Ebor School at 77 Devonshire House, Hastings Road, Bexhill West Sussex. He went on to attend Bradfield College from September 1903 to April 1906, where he served as a member of the Officer Training Corps for three years.

Military :

Unit :  59th Trench Mortar Battery 

Action : No Data 

He attested for the army at 10 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn as Private 8707 in the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps on the 27th of November 1915. At his medical examination, held on the same day, it was recorded that John was five feet seven inches tall. He was called up on the 4th of January 1916. He then applied for a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers on the 16th of July 1916 in an application that was supported by the Chairman of Lloyd’s.

On the 4th of November 1916 he joined the 13th Officer Cadet Battalion in Newmarket for officer training, after which he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th (Reserve) Battalion Rifle Brigade on the 28th of February 1917. He was posted to the 11th Battalion of his regiment for war service and was later seconded to the 59th Trench Mortar Battery.

Action :

The Bn War Diary shows that on the 21st September the Rifle Brigade were involved in Operations around Langemark, Reitres Farm. A note at the base of the report on page shows that the total casualties for the period (19th -23rd ) was 66 per cent (including 10 officers).

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Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lutine No. 3049 E.C.London

27th May 1914

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