ABRAHAM, Pervical

Photograph of Medals from FindAGrave member Mary Hatch (#47421565).

The following records have been discerned for Private Percival 'Percy' Abraham by Mary Leigh and Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.  Son of Sarah Ann Ellison and Thomas Frederick Abrahams.  Surname is also spelled Abrahams and Abrams.

A Youtube video uploaded by descendants of the Abrahams family was uploaded:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ccPTDKf628

Liverpool, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921
Name:  Thomas Frederic Abrahams, Flatman
Father's name:  William Abrahams, Flatman
Birth Year:           abt 1853
Age:       20
Marriage Date:  21 Dec 1873
Parish:  Toxteth, St Cleopas
Spouse's Name:               Sarah Ann Ellison
Spouse Father's Name: John Ellison, Flatman
Reference Number:       283 CLP/3/1

1881 English Census records place the family of Sarah A (28) and Thomas Abrahams (30) at 173 Beaufort Street in Toxeth Park, Lanacashire, England.  In residene were their children Isabella (6) and Amy (2 months).  The family were considered Lodgers of the Boyd family.  Thomas was a Flatman by trade.

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name:  Percy Abrahams
Registration Year:            1891
Registration Quarter:     Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration district:        Toxteth Park
Inferred County:              Lancashire
Volume:               8b
Page:     176

1891 English Census records place the family of Sarah A (35) and Thomas F Abrams (37) in Toxeth Park, St James, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.  In residence were their children Isabella (16), Frederick (8), Samuel (5), Elizabeth (3) and Percy (3 months).  Thomas was a Flatman by trade.

England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
Name:  Thomas Frederick Abrahams
Estimated birth year:      abt 1853
Registration Year:            1894
Registration Quarter:     Oct-Nov-Dec
Age at Death:    41
Registration district:        Toxteth Park
Inferred County:              Lancashire
Volume:               8b
Page:     174

Library and Archives Canada
Item: Percy ABRAHAMS (45814)
Given Name(s):                Percy
Surname:            ABRAHAMS
Gender:               M
Age:       6
Year of Arrival:  1897
Ship:      NUMIDIAN
Date of Departure:          1897-02-18
Date of Arrival:  1897-03-04
Port of Arrival:   Halifax
Party:    Liverpool Sheltering Home, Mrs. Birt
Destination:       Knowlton, Quebec
Children travelling together:       H97AK
Comments:        65 children to Knowlton, difficult to read.
Type of Records:              Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number:               C-4517
Reference:         RG 76 C1b
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number:               45814

LAC has a duplicate entry for this boy noted as '16' years of age as well.

1901 Canadian Census records place Percy Abrams (10) as the Adopted Son of Ann and Donald Martin of Compton, Winslow and Saint Romain, Quebec, Canada.  Also in residence was daughter Bella C (27).  Percy was born 22 Dec 1891, notes himself as Irish but having arrived from England in 1897.

Brother Samuel Abrahams who remained in England, served and was Killed in Action.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Name    Samuel Abrahams
Birth Place           Liverpool
Death Date         13 Nov 1914
Death Place        France and Flanders
Enlistment Place               Liverpool
Rank      Private
Regiment            Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment
Battalion              2nd Battalion
Regimental Number       6441
Type of Casualty               Killed in action
Theatre of War Western European Theatre

Attestation papers were signed 3 Mar 1916 in Sherbrook, Quebec.  Percival Abraham was born 22 Dec 1890 in Liverpool, England.  His Next of Kin was first noted as 'no next of kin', then added was Mrs S Abraham of 25 Barnat Street of Erol, Liverpool, England.  He was a Trainman by trade.  He appeared to be 25 years and 3 months of age, 5'8 1/2" in height with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.  His religion was noted as Church of England.

Within his military file, in his Will he leaves everything to a Mrs. Roy MacMullin, living at 249 Coleman St. Belleville, Ontario. This will is one that is signed by 2 witnesses and was done on August 9th 1916. The two witnesses are shown as William C. Kenney from Bishops Crossing Quebec and his occupation is shown as Station Hand. And a Harry Skinner from Coaticook Quebec and his occupation is listed as farmer.

About Coaticook: A town in southeastern Quebec, Canada on the Coaticook River; it is the seat of the Coaticook Regional County Municipality. Its southern border is also the border with the United States.

Mrs. Roy MacMullen, living at 95 Victoria Ave., Belleville, Ontario is shown as his sister. And she received his medals {Military Medal}. While his mother Mrs. S. Abraham living at 25 Barnet St. Earle Road, Liverpool England received his plaque and scroll and C. of S.

There is also a handwritten will, and it shows his sister as Mrs. Bessie MacMullen, and this will was dated July 9, 1917.

Records note that Mrs Roy MacMullen of 95 Victoia Avenue of Belleville, Ontario was sent a burial register but it was returned, a second register was sent to Mrs. Sarah Abraham of 25 Barnet Street and Earle Road in Liverpool, England by 1929 but there is no sign of return.

The following is his military record (courtesy of J. P. Dickenson and FindAGrave):

6.3.16 Enlisted Sherbrooke
13-23.6.16 Ill with pleurisy at Valcartier Camp, Quebec
14.8.16 Sailed from Halifax on 'Empress of Britain'
24.8.16 Arrived England [1]
1.9.16 Joined 14th Reserve Battalion
15.10.16 Transferred to 11th Reserve Battalion
15.11.16 Promoted Acting Lance Corporal
26.11.16 Requested return to Private
30.11.16 Transferred to 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles
1.12.16 Sailed to France

20.4.17 Wounded by shrapnel shell in the trenches
4.4.17 No.2 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne
27.4.17 Hospital in Hampstead, England
24.5.17 Hospital in Bromley
30.5.17 Discharged
1.9.17 Joined 14th Reserve Battalion
15.10.17 Transferred to 11th Reserve Battalion

29.3.18 Transferred to 16th Battalion
Sailed to France
8.8.18 Killed in Action at Aubercourt, Picardy, France (Battle of Amiens)while helping a machine gun crew, 15 minutes after leaving the "jumping off" trench.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that Private Abraham was Killed in Action.

“During the military operations on the 8th of August 1918 and about 15 minutes after leaving the “jumping off” trench, private Abraham was assisting a machine gun crew in an attack on an enemy strong post, on the out-skirts of a small copse. He was in the act of supporting the gun on his arm whilst it was being fired when he was struck by fragments of an enemy hand grenade.

First aid was immediately rendered but it is regretted he died a few minutes afterwards.”

He was killed in the area of Amiens,  “Operations round Amiens. In attack on Aubercourt and objective in V.21.c&V.26.d Sheet 62d”

He was buried in Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, Hangard, Somme, Picardie, France.  Plot: I. A. 11.

England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007
Name:  Sarah A Abrahams
Birth Date:          abt 1848
Date of Registration:      Sep 1922
Age at Death:    74
Registration district:        West Derby
Inferred County:              Lancashire
Volume:               8b
Page:     514

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