Spe­cial head­stone for soldier

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - By Liam Cole­man Liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE GRAVE of a soldier in Lough­bor­ough ceme­tery is to be given a spe­cial head­stone by the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion.

And the com­mis­sion is ap­peal­ing for rel­a­tives of the soldier as they may wish to add a per­sonal in­scrip­tion onto the head­stone be­fore it is in­stalled.

Lance Cor­po­ral Ce­cil Victor Ab­bott died of pneu­mo­nia in 1921 at Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary, in what was be­lieved to be part of the na­tional pandemic but he was still serv­ing in the Bri­tish Army at the time and is there­fore en­ti­tled to a com­mis­sion grave.

The com­mis­sion ex­plained that it takes into ac­counts all deaths of ser­vice­men up un­til the end of Au­gust 1921, say­ing that al­though the fight­ing had ended in 1918, there were still out­stand­ing treaties and that this date also al­lowed the com­mis­sion to take into ac­count in­stances such as sol­diers who had been in­jured dur­ing the war but died later.

Lance Cor­po­ral Ab­bott’s grave was found thanks to re­search car­ried out by the In From the Cold project based in Sus­sex.

The project is a group of vol­un­teers formed to re­search and iden­tify all ser­vice men and women miss­ing from the of­fi­cial War Graves Com­mis­sion list of ca­su­al­ties from the First and Sec­ond World Wars.

Terry Dun­ham who started the project told the Echo that Lance Cor­po­ral Ab­bott’s name was found by a vol­un­teer in Aus­tralia who was search­ing on the UK Army Reg­is­ters of Sol­diers’ Ef­fects (which is a data­base that con­tains records de­tail­ing the money owed to sol­diers of the Bri­tish Army who died in ser­vice from 1901 to 1929) how­ever his name was miss­ing from the list of the war ca­su­al­ties given to them by the com­mis­sion.

He said that Ce­cil’s death cer­tifi­cate con­firmed he died at the Le­ices­ter Royal In­fir­mary of pneu­mo­nia in 1921.

Prior to this Lance Cor­po­ral Ab­bott’s name was pre­vi­ously in­scribed on the CWGC 14-18 Brook­wood Me­mo­rial in Sur­rey be­cause his grave had never been found.

A spokesper­son from the com­mis­sion said that it knows that Lance Cor­po­ral Ab­bott died on Fe­bru­ary 27, 1921 aged 19.

It also knows that he served in the Le­ices­ter Reg­i­ment and that he was the son of Charles Ed­ward and Frances E. Ab­bott of Lough­bor­ough.

The Echo con­tacted lo­cal re­searcher Marigold Cleeve to see if she could help find any more in­for­ma­tion about Lance Cor­po­ral Ab­bott and she said that she found that Ce­cil had three broth­ers, and one sis­ter - of which one of them had chil­dren that may still be alive now.

If you are a di­rect rel­a­tive, please con­tact the com­mis­sion by email­ing en­quiries@cwgc.org or if you know any­thing more about Lance Cor­po­ral Ab­bott please con­tact Echo re­porter Liam Cole­man on 01509 635806 or email liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The event in full flow. Im­age cour­tesy of Kirsty Gal­lagher.

Pic­tured are fam­i­lies at the event. Im­age cour­tesy of Kirsty Gal­lagher.

Pic­tured, from left to right, are mums Donna Richard­son and Chris­tine White­head. Im­age cour­tesy of Kirsty Gal­lagher.

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