Private Walter Ernest Abell, 32392

  • Batt - 2
  • Unit - York and Lancaster Regiment
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 1897
  • Died - 01/12/1917
  • Age - 20

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of Frederick and Julia Ann Abell. In 1911 the family home was at 109, Leopold Street, Loughborough, Leics., present were his father Frederick, a Domestic Game Keeper, born 1867 in Loughborough, Leics. and his mother Julia Ann, born 1871 in Dishley, Loughborough, Leics., Walter Ernest, a Messenger, born 1897 in Loughborough, Leics., and his sister Annie Rosetta, a Boot Dresser, born 1891 in Loughborough, Leics. The War Diary records for the 1st and 2nd December 1917. 1-12-17 – The Battalion on November 30th after having made an attack with the aid of Tanks and which failed owing to darkness setting in were again ordered to make an attack on QUENTIN RIDGE situated between GOUZEAUCOURT on the right and GONNELIEU on the left at 1.00am on the morning of the 1st December. Owing to orders for the attack arriving suddenly, the attack had to be made without the support of the Artillery, with the exception of a few guns. The Battalion started to move forward at 1.00am but they had not got very far before the Germans were aware of these intentions and brought up many more machine-guns, in spite of this the Companies still went on until the fire of the enemy machine-guns finally made them give up, and they started back to their former position. The Battalion suffered rather heavily with regard to officers, having lost 2 killed and 4 wounded, whilst about 63 other ranks were killed, wounded or missing.
1/2-12-17 – On the night of the 1st/2nd orders were received from the Brigade that the Battalion would bivouac out in a position in front of HAVRINCOURT WOOD. It was a very cold night and a cold wind blowing when the Companies moved off to take up their positions, the men had to seek what little shelter they could find, but in spite of the cold and rain the men stood the test until orders came to move up into the HINDENBURG LINE. On the night of the 2nd orders were again issued for the Battalion to move into the MAIN HINDENBURG SUPPORT LINE.

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Other Memorials - Loughborough Carillon, War Memorial Bell Tower
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - York and Lancaster Regiment
  • Former Unit n.o - 27948
  • Former Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Burial Commemoration - Cambrai Mem., Louverval, Nord, France
  • Born - Loughborough, Leics
  • Enlisted - Leicester
  • Place of Residence - Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

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