Born: 1915, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd May 1940; age 24.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 7591392.
“The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards from the 17th – 24th May 1940 formed the nucleus of the force defending Arras France. After a week during which the town was bombed and shelled and the garrison had repulsed persistent armoured attacks, the order came to withdraw. In the days between leaving Arras and embarking for Dunkirk the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards was involved in costly company actions at Cassel, Vyfewg and West Cappel. “
Arras Communal Cemetery,
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Arthur & Hilda Jane Victoria Abbott, of Ipswich; husband of Edna Joan Abbott, of Ipswich.
Father: John Arthur Abbott born 1897, Ipswich – died – killed in action near Neuve Chapelle 2nd June 1915 serving with the Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Mother: Hilda Jane Victoria Abbott (nee Page), born May 1897, Ipswich.
In 1921, Ipswich, Hilda married John Ernest Elsey, born February 1899, Bury St. Edmond’s, Suffolk. A Heavy Lorry Motor Driver. They made their family home at 21, Sturdee Avenue, Ipswich.
In 1939, Ipswich, William married Edna Joan Dorling, born April 1918, Ipswich, of 15, Ranelagh Road, Ipswich. A Dressmaker – daughter of William Frederick Dorling, a railway goods guard & Esther Dorling (nee Trumpess).