Regiment : 7th Battalion (British Columbia Regiment) Canadian Infantry
Service number : 646265
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 36 between 8th and 10th April 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, France.
Relatives : Son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Abley
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St George's R.C. Church
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Harry Abley enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in Vernon, British Columbia on 1st November 1916. On his attestation form he gave his date of birth as 5th June 1880 in Worcester, England. He was resident in Calgary, Canada, and was employed as a miner. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Abley of Lowesmoor Square, Lowesmoor, Worcester, England. Harry was 5ft 10ins tall with dark blue eyes and a tan complexion.
National Archives of Canada Reference: RG150, Volume 17 – 17 and Volume 17 – 16.
The Canada War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty) records the following information on Private Harry Abley, 646265:
Killed in Action.
VIMY RIDGE operations. Advance made to a depth of 1500 yards to positions in neighbourhood of FARBUS.
A photograph of Private H. Abley can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 19th May 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Harry/Henry Abley has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Vimy Memorial.