Regiment : 5th Battalion Kings Own Shropshire Light Infantry
Service number : 16814
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 25th September 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 47 and 49.
Birthplace : Hampton Charles, Herefordshire, resident Tenbury, enlisted Leominster
Memorial : Bockleton St Michael's Church
Also appears on : Bockleton C of E School now in Bockleton St Michael's Church as Henry Abbotts
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour:
ABBOTTS, HARRY, Private No 16814, 5th Battn. Shropshire L.I., s. of David Abbotts, of Brierley Hill, co. Stafford, and Hampton Charles, co. Hereford, by his wife, Jane (d. 19 May 1912), dau. of Richard Bedford, of Bromyard, co. Hereford; b. Hampton Charles, 4 May, 1896; educ. Bockleton National School; enlisted 3 Feb. 1914; was sent to the Front at his own repeated request, and died of wounds received in a bayonet charge at the Battle of Loos, 25 Sept. 1914. After being wounded he was removed to the trench occupied by the Durhams, where he died. Corpl. R. J. Smith wrote: “At 3 a.m. on 25 Sept. the big guns started to clear the way for the R.B.’s, O. and C.’s, Bucks and Shropshires to get over the parapet……all too eager they went before it was intended, and the R.B.’s fell to a man, principally owing to a mine being exploded. Five only crawled back. The O. and C.’s and Bucks in the middle found no support for them, but still went on with the Shropshires on the right, and gained their goal, ‘but owing to the heavy losses and no supports being forthcoming’ the ground gained had to be left again, and most of the casualties of the Shropshires happened then. Your brother managed to get back to our lines, and everything possible was done for him and others, but this was not much in the trenches in the daytime. He died at 8.30 a.m. 26 Sept. in the traverse I was in charge of.”
Medal Index Card has surname spelt Abbott.
Harry Abbott has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.