Born: 28th February 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 29; Drowned in the North Sea when H.M.S.’Cressy’ was sunk by a German submarine.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: a Labourer.

Enlistment Location:Chatham; Date: 21st August 1900. 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.



Ganges – Boy 2nd Class – 21st August 1900

Ganges – Boy 1st Class – 23rd May 1901 – 20th June 1901

Minotaur – Boy 1st Class – 21st June 1901 – 1st August 1901

Ganges – Boy 1st Class – 2nd August 1901 – 10th October 1901

Minotaur – Boy 1st Class – 11th October 1901 – 4th February 1902

Agincourt – Boy 1st Class – 5th February 1902 – 26th February 1902

Royal Arthur – Boy 1st Class – 27th February 1902

Royal Arthur – Ordinary Seaman – 28th February 1903 – 30th June 1903

Sparrow – Ordinary Seaman – 1st July 1903 – 31st March 1904

Pembroke – Ordinary Seaman – 1st April 1904

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 1st May 1904 – 2nd December 1904

Vernon – Able Seaman – 3rd December 1904 – 30th June 1905

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 1st July 1905 – 10th August 1905

Pembroke II – Able Seaman – 11th August 1905 – 30th June 1906

Leander – Able Seaman – 1st July 1906 – 26th June 1907

Blake – Able Seaman – 27th June 1907 – 20th May 1909

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 21st May 1909 – 28th May 1909

Actaeon – Able Seaman – 29th May 1909 – 3rd September 1909

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 4th September 1909 – 12th September 1909

Blenheim – Able Seaman – 13th September 1912 – 30th April 1912

Hecla – Able Seaman – 1st May 1912 – 19th September 1912

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 20th September 1912 – 27th September 1912

Albion – Able Seaman – 28th September 1912 – 1st April 1913

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 2nd April 1913 – 6th May 1913

Hermes – Able Seaman – 7th May 1913 – 23rd December 1913

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 24th December 1913 – 6th February 1914

Cressy – Able Seaman – 7th February 1914 – 22nd September 1914.

Character – Very Good.


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, a corset machinist, born 1877, St. Helen’s, Ipswich – daughter of Samuel Alfred Warren, a corn merchant’s labourer, and Mary Ann Warren (nee Warren), of 298, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

Alice and Robert had one daughter:

Mary Constance Abbott, born 1909, Holy Trinity, Ipswich.


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


22nd September 1914
The three ships Cressy Abourkir and the Hogue were on patrol without an escort seeking shelter from bad weather off Ostend steaming 2,000 yards apart at 10 knots. German U-boat U-9 commanded by Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen spotted the ships and lined up for an attack U-9 fired one torpedo at 06:20 at Aboukir which struck her on the starboard side. She began listing and capsized around 06:55,
Hogue was struck by two torpedoes around 06:55 and capsized ten minutes after being torpedoed and sank at 07:15.HMS Cressy had spotted U-9 attempted to ram the submarine.U-9 fired two torpedoes from its stern tubes on making an escape from Cressy, but only one hit. U-9 had to manoeuvre to bring her bow around with her last torpedo and fired it at a range of about 550 yards at 07:30. The torpedo struck on the port side and ruptured several boilers, scalding to death the men in the compartment. HMS Cressy took on a heavy list and then capsized, sinking at 07:55. At 08:30 Small fishing craft Dutch and British trawlers picked up survivors 837 men were rescued and 62 officers. From the three ships it is estimated 1,397 enlisted men were lost, 560 of those lost were from HMS Cressy.
Ipswich men lost:

Robert Abbott
H.M.S Cressy
Able Seaman age 29
Alfred Edward Barber
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Charles Valentine Garrod
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Reuben John Sewell
H.M.S. ‘Hogue’
Petty Officer age 30
Charles Alfred Larking
H.M.S. ‘Cressy’
Able Seaman age 33


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