Pte
Albert Edward Abbott

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1894
Place of birth:
Dinmore, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

General information

Profession:
Locomotive fireman

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
5294
Enlistment date:
4/03/1916
Enlistment place:
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 26th Bn. (Queensland and Tasmania)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
04/10/1917
Place of death:
Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
23

Cemetery

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Plot: IV
Row: B
Grave: 19

Distinctions and medals 3

British War Medal
Medal
British War Medal
Medal
Victory Medal
Medal — 03/04/1918

Additional information

Private Albert Edward Abbott served as a private in the 26th Battalion Australian Infantry, part of the 7th Australian Brigade, of the 2nd Australian Division. The Division was brought to Flanders to participate in the Third Battle of Ypres. On the 4th of October 1917, the Division passed through Zonnebeke. It prepared itself for the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase of the offensive.
The 2nd Australian Division attacked at 5.25 a.m., with two brigades. They met the same German counter-attacks, as the 1st Australian Division and likewise fought them off. The 6th Australian Brigade captured Zonnebeke village, including the hamlet of Broodseinde.
The 7th Australian Brigade cleared Zonnebeke village of snipers. Little or no opposition was met with, until they reached the Broodseinde ridge. Here they encountered severe fire from German machine guns positioned in Daisy Wood, some 300 yards away. It was decided to consolidate a line in an old British trench from 1914-1915, 200 yards short of their objective.
Private Albert Edward Abbott was killed in action during the Battle of Broodseinde. He was initially buried just west of Daisy Wood. The location of his initial grave may suggest that he was killed in the final stages of the attack on the Broodseinde Ridge. His remains were exhumed after the war and interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

Files 2

Sources 7

"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 99
Sources used
Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1916415
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/480087/abbott,-albert-edward/
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National Archives of Australia
https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/person/67504
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The AIF-Project
https://aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=112
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The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
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War Diary A.I.F. 26th Bn.
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1343387
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