Born: 28th February 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 29; KiA with submarine in North Sea.

Enlistment Location: Chatham; Date: 21st August 1900; Occupation: Labourer. On turning 18 years on the 28th February 1903 – signed up for 12 years. Height at 18 years – 5ft 6ins, ruddy complexion, blue eyes & light brown hair.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 211311

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Cressy’.

Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Robert Abbott; husband of Alice Maud Mary Woods (formerly Abbott), of High House, Foxhall, Suffolk.



1891   26, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.

Robert was 5 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Robert James Henry Abbott, 30, a Sail Maker, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Abbott (nee Chaplin), 28, born Claydon, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Abbott, 8, born Ipswich.

Eliza Abbott, 4, born Ipswich.

Alice Abbott, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   Harwich, Essex.

Robert was 16 years old, and a boy 2nd Class of the Royal Navy ‘Granges’ First Class Training Ship.


1911   The Dockyard, Chatham, Kent.                  

Robert was 26 years old, he was married and an Able Seaman of the Royal Navy ‘Afridi’ Torpedo Boat Destroyer – 1st Destroyer Flotilla.

On the 1911 census Robert’s wife, Alice was a Corset Machinist at a Corset Manufacturer, she was living with her parents at their home, 296, Cavendish Street, Ipswich with her daughter & sister.


In 1904, Robert married Alice Maud Mary Warren, 1877, St. Helen’s, Ipswich. They had 1 daughter:

Mary Constance Abbott, 1909, Holy Trinity, Ipswich.


Robert is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.


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