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Sidney T Abnett

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1897-1917

Reference: 204096

Private S T Abnett of the 4th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment died of wounds received in action on April 24 1917. He is buried at the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery.

The third son of Mr & Mrs Abnett of Hampton Court, he was born in 1897 and an old boy of the Hampton Wick Endowed School. According to his obituary in The Surrey Comet dated 9 June 1917, he was “an enthusiastic member of the Hampton branch of the Church Lads’ Brigade in which he won a silver cup and many medals.” Before enlisting in October 1915, he had been employed at the Hampton Court Post Office and subsequently by the Hampton Court Gas Company.

He was sent to France on 28 March 1917 and had not been there a month when he was fatally wounded.

His eldest brother, Sergeant RH Abnett, also of the Middlesex Regiment, had already been killed in action on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His younger brother was, according to Private Abnett’s obituary, serving in the Royal Navy. His brother has an entry on the “Others who fell” section of this website.

Richard Henry Abnett

Rank: Sergeant

Lifetime: ?- 1916

Reference: TF/3136

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Obituary of Sergeant Richard Henry Abnett in The Surrey Comet dated 11 November 1916

Sergeant Richard Henry Abnett of the Middlesex Regiment died on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme (although his obituary in The Surrey Comet dated 11 November 1916 records the date of his death as 19 September 1916). He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

He was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Abnett of the Cloisters, Hampton Court. Subsequently, by the time of the death of his younger brother, Private Sidney T Abnett, in 1917 his mother, Ellen Abnett, had moved to 7 Royal Mews, The Green, Hampton Court. Ellen was living in the grace and favour apartment as she was the widow of Thomas Robert Abnett who had been the Keeper of the Queen’s Swans from 1893 until his death. Thomas Abnett presumably died between November 1916 and 24 April 1917 when the obituary of Sergeant Abnett’s younger brother refers to her as a widow. He was the eldest brother of Private Sidney T Abnett of the Middlesex Regiment who died on April 24 1917 and also of at least one other younger brother who at the time of Private Abnett’s death was serving in the Royal Navy.

According to his obituary, Sergeant Richard Abnett had worked, in an unspecified capacity during his youth for Mr Hicks-Beach at Cranham House, Hampton. He had been a member of the Hampton Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade for more than seven years and held the rank of staff-sergeant, twice winning the annual silver cup for long service in the brigade. Prior to enlisting at the outbreak of war in September 1914 he had been an agent for the Pearl Assurance Company.

In February 1915 he was sent first to Gibraltar and subsequently to Egypt where he was promoted to sergeant.

Sergeant Abnett’s brother, Private ST Abnett, also has an entry on the “Others who fell” section of this online memorial.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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