Topic: Corporal Ameral Christopher Abbott

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A soldier of the Great War who died of disease in Cairo.

Abbott, Ameral

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Ameral was born on 11 June 1893 at Southbridge, the youngest son of William and Isabella Abbott.  He was 5ft 11 inches tall, of fair complexion with grey eyes and brown hair. He was a farm hand on the family farm when he enlisted on 20th August 1914 at the Addington Military Camp. He had served in the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, so was assigned to the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. He embarked on 16 October with the Main Body and was waiting in Cairo for deployment. He died of inflammation of the spine, diagnosed as anterior poliomyelitis, in Cairo. He is buried in the War Memorial Cemetery there. is remembered on the Southbridge Plaque of the Ellesmere County  Memorial. 

Along with William Garforth, he was the first of the young men of the district to die and his death  had a strong effect. A paper of the day commented that the news has served to bring home more forcibly to the people here a realisation of the dangers and risks our soldiers are undergoing. The Southbridge Tennis Club, of which he had been a member, expressed their sympathy to his family. Likewise the Vicar of St. John's Church, Rev. G. Lindsay, spoke of his manliness, the esteem in which he was held by all and his care for his mother and sisters. The Ellesmere Guardian quoted a popular poem "For how can man die better, Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temple of his gods.”

Researched and written by L M Seaton

 CWGC Cemetery locale history: At the outbreak of the First World War, Cairo was headquarters to the United Kingdom garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915 and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine. Cairo War Memorial Cemetery was formerly part of the New British Protestant Cemetery, but plots B, D, F, H, K, M, O, P and Q were ceded to the Commission in 1920. Some graves were brought into these plots from elsewhere in the Protestant cemetery and later, 85 First World War graves were concentrated from Minia War Cemetery, 200 km south of Cairo, where maintenance could not be assured. There are now 2,057 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War and 340 from the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 

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Corporal Ameral Christopher Abbott

First Names:Ameral Christopher
Last Name:Abbott
Date of Birth:11 Jun 1893
Place of Birth:New Zealand
Date of Death:8 May 1915
Place of Death:Egypt
Memorial or Cemetery:Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Age at death:21
User Name:L M Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Farm ahnd
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F.
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:Southbridge, Canterbury
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of William and Isabella Abbott, of Southbridge, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Service Number:7/296
Rank last held:Lance Corporal
Embarkation:16 Oct 1914
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Tahiti or Athenic
Theatres of War:Egypt
Cause of Death:Died of disease
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