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Private George Abbott

The First World War came at a point when the British Empire was at its height. As a result, many of the older men who fought and died between 1914 and 1918 had also fought in various imperial wars around the globe.

Private George Abbott, 51 and from East Street, Southsea, died on 12 November 1916. He is buried in Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth.

Abbott was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment at the time of his death, according to the CWGC. According to the Long Long Trail website there was not actually a 6th Bn of the Hants, athough there was a 2/6th Battalion. This was a Home Service unit that was based locally in the Hampshire area.

Abbott had a fine record of military service around the world, having also served in the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885, and the Boer War between 1899 and 1902.

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