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.
Court 5, Pheasant St, Worcester
Thomas Abley, head, aged 42, Bricklayer
Elizabeth Abley, wife, aged 37
Charles Abley, son, aged 17, Bricklayer
Elizabeth Abley, daughter, aged 11
Amy Abley, daughter aged 8
Tom Abley, son aged 6
Norah Abley, daughter, aged 4
Harry Abley, son, aged 7 months
1 Court, 12 House, Lowesmoor
Thomas Abley, head, aged 62, Bricklayers Labourer
Elizabeth Abley, wife, aged 59
Amy Abley, daughter, aged 28
Harry Abley, son, aged 20, Bricklayers Labourer
Winifred Abley, daughter, aged 16
Thomas Abley, grandson, aged 3
Harry Abley enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 1st November 1916 at Vernon, British Columbia. On his attestation form he gave his date of birth as 5th June 1880 in Worcester City, England, his next of kin as Mrs Elizabeth Abley of Lowesmoor Square, Lowesmoor, Worcester, England, his current residence as Calgary, Canada and his occupation as a miner. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall with grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. A later description states dark blue eyes, medium hair and a tan complexion. Harry sailed from Halifax, Canada on the S.S. Olympic on the 11th November 1916, arriving in England on 20th November. He remained in England until 29th December 1916 when he was posted overseas. Harry was killed in action between the 8th and 10th April 1917.
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.