Arthur James Abbiss

Name

Arthur James Abbiss

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

01/07/1916
24

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Corporal
13594
Suffolk Regiment
11th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Panel and Face 1C and 2 A
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

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

Pre War

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

Acknowledgments

Adrian Dunne, David C Baines