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Edward Gordon Abelson "Teddy"

Born:
13 Adar I 5657 (15 February 1897)
Died:
6 Kislev 5677 (01 December 1916)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
ABE0213
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
13 Adar I 5657 (15 February 1897)
Place of birth:
London

Death

Date of death:
6 Kislev 5677 (01 December 1916)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
No 2 General Hospital, Havre
Cause of death:
Died of wounds - GSW to the right shoulder and a fractured spine
Burial place:
Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre

Places

Addresses

Family Home:
10 Kidderpore Gardens, London (1911)

Schools

Name:
Heath Mount Preparatory School
Name:
Cheltenham College
Year started:
1910
Year left:
1915
Name:
Emanuel College, Oxford University
Year started:
1915
Year left:
1915

Synagogues

Name:
West London Synagogue
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The Fallen

By the death of Sec-Lieut Edward Gordon Abelson, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Anglo-Jewry is the poorer for the loss of a gallant young Jewish officer for whom a brilliant career might have bee anticipated had he lived to fulfill the promise of his school days. "Teddy" as he was to all his many friends, was a boy of a singularly lovable disposition, a genuine humourist, modest and merry and fond of sport, simple and unaffected. Those who did no penetrate beyond the surface with him did not know the high intellect, the ready perception and the power of concentration which in him were allied with a sense of duty. Had he lived to enter the university and study further, a notable career would surely have been his. Instead, he has achieved still more and made the supreme sacrifice, leaving behind a great blank in the hearts of those who loved him.
The parents of the deceased have received a letter from his captain in which he says: "I feel I cannot allow a moment to pass by without telling you how genuinely sorry I personally feel over the loss this company has sustained. Your son was most efficient, in fact the ideal machine gun officer, and always had his sub-section in a high state of efficiency. HE was much liked by his brother officers, respected by his men, extraordinary reliable and had special abilities which fitted him for his work. On my dispatch to the Brigadier after the action and in reporting your son as being wounded, I described him as 'a most capable and efficient officer.' I suppose and hope he has furnished you with all details concerning the action and what a noble and gallant pat he played in it.

Family

Siblings

Elizabeth Marjorie Abelson (female)
Evelina Hannah Abelson (female)
Vera Julia Abelson (female)
Iris Sara Abelson (female)
Steward Samuel Montague Abelson (male)

Parents

Father: Moses Milton Abelson (male)
Mother: Florence Rebecca Abelson "Florrie" (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
21 January 1916
Date discharged/death:
01 December 1916
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Marine Light Infantry

Roll of Honour

E. G. ABELSON, 01 December 1916

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Lieutenant
Date of Death:
01/12/1916
Age:
19
Regiment / service:
Cemetery:
Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre
Grave reference:
Div. 3. A. 19.
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