Arthur James Abbiss


Arthur James Abbiss


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Suffolk Regiment
11th Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

Panel and Face 1C and 2 A

Headstone Inscription

Not Researched

UK & Other Memorials

Hitchin War Memorial, St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, Hitchin, Hitchin British Boys' School Memorial, Hitchin

Pre War

Arthur was born in Hitchin 1892 to Frederick & Elle Abbiss who lived at 75 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin. He attended Hitchin British Boys' School.

The 1911 Census has Arthur listed as a Butcher Journeyman a apprentice to a master butcher. and enlisted in March in Cambridgeshire. 

Wartime Service

The 11th (Service) Battalion (Cambridgeshire) of the Suffolk Regiment was part of the 101st Brigade in the 34th Division. He was given the Regimental Number 13594 when he was posted to the 11th Battalion of the Regiment.  

They had moved up from Becourt Wood in the early morning of the 1st July 1916 behind the 10th Battalion of the Lincolns. Mines to the front and to the left were exploded at 7.28am (Lochnager Crater). The men were cut down within moments of leaving their assembly positions and casualties were heavy. The Battalion lost 691 men out of about 900 in four days. "Men spun round and dropped everywhere" said one survivor. 

Arthur was initially reported as missing but later as killed in action at Albert.

Additional Information

His mother placed an "In Memoriam" notice in the ‘Herts Express’ in 1917. He had a brother.


Adrian Dunne, David C Baines, Jonty Wild