ABBOTT,  Geoffrey Robinson


Photo courtesy of SOUTHMINSTER WAR MEMORIAL, Essex, England.







A summary of Service, posted on FindAGrave:

On May 11, 1915, Geoffrey Robinson Abbott, 19, enlisted in the British Armed Forces (Service No. R/12727). He declared that he resided at Steeple Road, Southminster, Essex, England; that he was a British subject; that he was 19 years and 5 months of age; that he was a farm labourer; that he received notice to report; and that he was not married. He was described as 5 foot 2 inches in height and had no distinctive marks.

His next of kin was his aunt, Isabella Hickson, who resided at Steeple Road, Southminster, Essex, England. He served as a Rifleman in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, 18th Battalion. Geoffrey seemed to have problems as a soldier. He received a large number of days pay between December 5, 1916 until May 22, 1917; and finally 168 hours detention and forfeiture of 21 days pay for his absence from June 5, 1917 until June 12, 1917. He was then sent to France on June 16, 1917. Geoffrey's sentence was remitted on July 12, 1917.

Geoffrey Robinson Abbott was killed in action at the Battle of Ypres on July 31, 1917. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.








The following records have been discerned for Rifleman Geoffrey Robinson Abbott by Mary Leigh and Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.


Of unknown relation, the family of Elizabeth Ovens (44) and James S Ovens (44) of the Grove, Cookham, Berkshire, England.  In residence were children James A (13), Thomas (10), Isabella (8), Anna (6) and Minnie (1).  James was a Gardener and Domestic Servant by trade.


England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name:  Geoffrey Robinson Abbott
Registration Year:            1898
Registration Quarter:     Apr-May-Jun
Registration district:        Paddington
Inferred County:              London
Volume:               1a
Page:     30


1901 English Census records place Geoffrey Abbott as a Boarder in the household of widowed Elizabeth Ovens (64) in Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.  In residence were Elizabeth's daughters Annie Elizabeth (24) noted as married, her surname looks to be Evans, and Minnie Ovens (20), single and noted as her Mother's helper.


1911 English Census records place Geoffrey Robinson Abbott as the Nephew of widowed Isabella Hickson (34) at Steeple Road and Squeaks Road, Southminster, Essex, England.  Geoffrey was attending School, he was 12 years of age, born about 1899 in Paddington, London, England.

Also in residence was Isabella's widowed mother, Elizabeth Ovens (77) and her son, Wilfred Laurence Hickson (7).  Isabella worked as a Teacher's Assistant by trade.


Library and Archives Canada
Item: Geoffrey ABBOTT (80842)
Given Name(s):                Geoffrey
Surname:            ABBOTT
Gender:               M
Age:       14
Year of Arrival:  1912
Ship:      EMPRESS OF BRITAIN
Date of Departure:          1912-03-22
Date of Arrival:  1912-03-31
Port of Arrival:   Saint John
Destination:       Dundalk, Ontario
Children travelling together:       J12CH
Type of Records:              Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number:               T-4826
Reference:         RG 76 C1c
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Database Item Number:               80842


Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
Name:  Geoffrey Abbott
Gender:               Male
Age:       14
Birth Year:           abt 1898
Birth Country:    England
Date of Arrival:  31 Mar 1912
Vessel: Empress of Britain
Port of Arrival:   St John, New Brunswick, Canada
Port of Departure:           Liverpool, England


UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
Name: Geoffry Abbott
Birth Date: abt 1898
Age: 16
Port of Departure: St John, New Brunswick, Canada
Arrival Date: 23 Dec 1914
Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England
Ship Name: Missanabie
Shipping line: Canadian Pacific Line Official
Number: 136705


Attestation papers were signed 11 May 1915 in Warly, Brentwood, Essex, England.

Within his Military file, he willed all of his personal estate and Military honours to his Aunt, Mrs Isabella Hickson of the Station House, Southminster, Essex, England.

British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Name:  Geoffrey Robinson Abbott
Gender:               Male
Birth Date:          abt 1896
Enlistment Age:                19
Document Year:               1915
Residence Place:              Steeple Rd Southminster, Essex
Regimental Number:      12727
Regiment Name:              King's Royal Rifle Corps
Number of Images:         10
Form Title:          Short Service Attestation


Commonwealth War Graves Registers states that his body was not recovered for burial.  His name is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium.  Panel 51 and 53.


Find A Grave Memorial# 10808329