2nd Lt
John Gurney Abbott

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Anerley, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Second Lieutenant
 —  The Rifle Brigade, 6th Bn. attd. Trench Mortar, 59th Bty.  (Attached)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Eagle Trench - Winterstellung, Langemark, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 145.A

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Place of death (approximate)

My story

John Gurney Abbott of the 6th Rifle Brigade was attached to the 29th Trench Mortar Battery. The 59th Trench Mortar Battery, part of the 59th Brigade and 20th Division took part in the Battle of Menin Road on the 20th of September 1917. The 59th Battery was to take 't Goed ter Vesten Farm and Eagle Trench. They advanced as far as 't Goed ter Vesten Farm but they were not able to take Eagle Trench in its entirety, due to machine gun fire. A small portion remained in enemy hands, forming a salient. John Gurney Abbott died on the 21st of September, probably consolidating the new front line.

Sources 4

Inglefield V.E., The history of the Twentieth (Light) Division (London, Nisbet & Co., 1921).
Sources used
Lloyd's Firm, Portraits of Lloyd's Men Whose Names Appear on Lloyd's War Memorial (London, Lloyd's Firm, 1920)
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McCarthy Chris., Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account (London, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018).
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The London Gazette, 16 March 1917, p. 2639.
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