image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper

Born: 1889, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Died: 7th September 1915; age 26; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Served 8 years in India with the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th January 1915 – France.

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 9333

Regiment: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), 2nd Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Kemmel Chateau Military,







1891   57, Handford Road, Ipswich.

Lancelot was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Abbott, 41, a Bricklayer, born Ipswich.

Eliza Abbott (nee Collins), 40, born Grundisburgh, Suffolk.

Charlotte Abbott, 17, a Laundress, born Ipswich.

Ambrose Henry Abbott, 9, born Ipswich.

Alice Elizabeth Abbott, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   5, Castle Street, Ipswich.

Lancelot was 13 years old, a Butcher. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 51, a Bricklayer.

Eliza, 50.

Alice, 11.

William Abbott, 8, born Ipswich.


1911   India.

Lancelot was 23 years old, a Soldier ranked Private, of the 1st Battalion of The King’s Own, (Royal Lancaster) Regiment.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza Abbott – mother.



Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, 9, Castle Street, Ipswich, have three sons, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons serving in the Army, whilst another son has been killed. Their names and regiments are: (1) Lance-Corpl. C.J. Abbott, Essex Regiment, joined since the war, has been invalided home from France, and is now in India. Prior to joining was at the Orwell Works. (2) driver A. Abbott, who has served 18 years in the R.F.A., has been in France since the outbreak of war. (3) Sergt. L. Abbott, who served eight years in India with the King’s Own Royal Lancashire Regiment, went to France in February, 1915, being killed the September following. (4) Bombdr. W. Abbott, who joined the R.F.A. since the war, has been in France two years. (5) Pioneer E. Pollard (son-in-law) serving in France with the Royal Engineers, was prior to the war foreman with Mr. Kenny, builder, Ipswich. (6) Driver A. Castle, 19 years’ service with the R.H.A., has been in France since the war broke out, has seen service in France, being wounded in the leg. (8) Pte. S. Pollard (grandson) stationed in England with the Suffolk Regiment.

King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment



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  1. John Pollard says:

    Just got home from visiting Grand uncle Lancelot Henry, also visited Spencer Pollard my great uncle. i have pics of their cemetries and graves if any other family members would like them.

    • Lealarny says:

      thanks john,for going over to see the graves,of our dear uncles,lancelot and spencer.So proud of you,and i’m sure,granddad Edward and grandmother Charlotte,would have been also.

    • Roy pollard /watkins says:

      Hi john it’s possible I may be a relative of yours I have a family tree in the 1800s my family was mostly in Ipswich Suffolk stonham.
      I have a copy of the family tree which states my great grandfather was a scale maker then most of family moved to either London or Middlesex in the 1900 but I’m sure after the amount of time my family spend in Ipswich there definitely got to be some pollards left that are relations

  2. John Haddock says:

    I am related to to Pollards from the Stoke area of Ipswich. Charlotte Pollard was my Great Grandmother. My Grandmother was Margaret Ethel Haddock nee Pollard. Her brother Albert Edward was married to Ada Haddock my Great Aunt, they had two sons Spencer & Eric. I appreciate any photo’s if there are any available. Thank you.

    • lealarny says:

      lancelot henry abbott,was my great uncle,his sister charlotte,my grandmother,on my dads side.i think about him every day,also my dads brother spencer james pollard,his nephew,very proud of you both,i am also proud ,to have framed pictures,of both g,uncle lancelot and uncle spencer,here in my home,so i can them,whenever i like.

      • Roy Watkins/pollard says:

        Hi on my family tree there is mention of a Mary Charlotte pollard 19/04/1825 at Clements Ipswich Spencer James pollard 01/04/1832 at Clements Ipswich could this be the same Spencer you talk of and could charlotte Have been Mary ?

        • lealarny says:

          hello ROY.this is LEALARNY here,CHARLOTTE was my grandmother.she was born in 1874 ,or not far off,my dad was her son,she died in 1948 and her husband EDWARD DENNEY died in 1946,he and some of his boys were bricklayers,including my dad.JOHN is my nephew.The POLLARD family come to IPSWICH from WOOLPIT SUFFOLK.Regards LEALARNY

  3. John Haddock says:

    Lancelot Abbott was the brother of Charlotte Abbott. He was my great uncle, Lancelot was the uncle of Spencer James Pollard.
    Charlotte lost a son, brother and son in law in a matter of eighteen months.

  4. Lealarny says:

    thanks john,for going over to see the graves,of our dear uncles,lancelot and spencer.So proud of you,and i’m sure,granddad Edward and grandmother Charlotte,would have been also.

  5. lealarny says:

    It’s almost 1O4 yrs ago ,on september 7 1915,when our dear great granddad JAMES and great grandmother EliZA ABBOTT,lost their son LANCELOT HENRY,in the first world war.Been today,to handford rd,to where their home was.RIP dear uncle.

    • Ipswich War Memorial says:

      Dear lealarny,

      Thank you for all your kind messages about Spencer and Lancelot.

      We have tried many times to use your given e-mail address to contact you – but to no avail. If you would like to e-mail: we could try to put you in touch with other members of this Abbott/Pollard family who have also kindly written messages etc.

      Thank you and kind regards

      Ipswich War Memorial Project

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