Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Eric Goward Abbott

Photo of Eric Goward Abbott
House and time at Malvern: No 9, 1904 - 1909.

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regt.
Died: 16 March 1917 aged 25 in France. Killed in action near Gommecourt.
Cemetery: Foncquevillers 11.E.14

Born 25 Oct 1892. Son of Julie Emma Abbott, of The Austins, Handsworth, Birmingham, and the late Councillor & Chartered Accountant Edward James Abbott .
Lower IV—Matriculation Class.
Articled to a Chartered Accountant.
"A" Coy. 1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

'At the beginning of the war he was studying as an articled pupil for qualification as a Chartered Accountant. In September 1915 he obtained a commission in one of the Territorial Battalions of the S. Staffs. Regt. On March 16th he was reported as wounded and missing, and subsequently as killed. His warm hearted, kindly nature won for him many friends both at School and afterwards. A recent letter from him shows the keen interest he always felt in the doings of his School and House.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).

Some sixty books were presented to the Grundy Library by C. E. Abbott (O.M.), in memory of his brother.

There is a life size bronze figure of him at rest in full uniform at St James Church, Handsworth, Birmingham, with the inscription:
“TO SAVE THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS LIFE AND THAT TO US IS EVERYTHING”.Ref

Medal Card: WO 372/1/1440
Service record: WO 374/20
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2686/1

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