Laurence Edgar Abbott

Thanks to Cathern Harrison, Laurie Abbott's Great Niece, for supplying his photo and family information.


Nov 15, 1896

Born at London England

 It should be noted that his first name is spelled 2 different ways in his service file, both as Lawrence and as Laurence.  In some places, the "w" has been crossed out and replaced with a "u".


Jun 7, 1907

Embarked the SS Victorian at Liverpool England with his mother and siblings



Jun 15, 1907

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Cornwall Ontario


Jan 31, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion at Cornwall Ontario 

Ø      Number 633350

Ø      Next of kin given as Emily Abbott (mother) of Moulinette Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Paper-Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Oct 1, 1916

Will made out leaving his entire estate to his mother, Mrs Austin Abbott of Moulinette Ontario

The town of Moulinette was one of the villages that was flooded in order to create the St Lawrence Seaway


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the HMS Mauretania at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jan 25, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 156th Battalion at Witley


Mar 6, 1917

Admitted to the Isolation Hospital at Aldershot with a diagnosis initially reading NYD (Not Yet Determined) but was later a suspected case of Diphtheria.  This was later changed to read Tonsillitis


Mar 21, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 23, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1917

Left No 2 CIBD to join the Battalion


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Coupigny carrying out training exercises and participating in sporting activities


Aug 15, 1917

Killed in Action during fierce fighting at Hill 70


His body was initially buried in a temporary cemetery North West of Lens.  However, when the war was over and it came time to move those buried in temporary graves into permanent cemeteries, his body could not be located.  As a result, he is commemorated on the Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.  His name, as inscribed is shown above. 

He is also remembered on the War Memorial at the Lost Villages Museum, Long Sault Ontario, shown below



Oct 4, 1920

The Cross of Sacrifice was sent to his mother at Moulinette Ontario


Dec 14, 1920

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Austin Abbott at Moulinette Ontario


Apr 27, 1921

His British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his mother at Moulinette Ontario



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte LE Abbott's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Lawrence Abbott being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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