NEAR THE ACTION AT GIARABUB
Name: Abbott J.E.
Service No: NX176
Unit: 6 DIV CAV
John Abbott's service career extended from 1918 as a cadet midshipman in the R.A.N. through the Militia pre World War II; served with Light Horse Regiment and appointed O.C. C Squadron 2 I.C. of the Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel Denzil Macarthur-Onslow and succeeded him as C.O. 6 Div Cav Regt. 1943-44.
Posting on Discharge. 15th Machine Gun Regiment. Served as Captain with Fergusson in the Western Desert Libya and the advance to Benghazi.1940-41.
(Details required) Snippets of his history and environment are told in the following links:
3. AS AN ENTERTAINER IN NT
4. ON PARADE
5. IN A FRED WILKIN'S POEM
6 FROM THE BACK OF A TRUCK
7. AT THE RACES
VALE : LT COL JOHN ABBOTT (Cavalry News 43, 1989)
As far as our Regiment was concerned, the passing of John Abbott saw the end of an era, as he was the last of our four former commanding officers to die since the end of WW2.
Affectionately known as "Dad" Abbott to the old hands, he had the difficult task of holding the Regiment together during the long period of being out of action after the Middle East Campaigns, and the actions fought in New Guinea much later, under the leadership of Eric Hennessy.
John Edward Abbott was born at Taree on 4 June 1904, and entered the Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay in 1918 as a Cadet Midshipman, aged 13. He returned to his home on the Manning River in 1921, in accordance with the disarmament provisions of the Versailles Treaty.
Together with his brother Bob, he worked the family property, both brothers being well known for their prowess in sporting activities. John enlisted as a trooper in the Hunter River Lancers, the local Light Horse Unit in 1932 and was commissioned in 1933. In September 1939, he enlisted in the AIF and in October was posted to 6 Div Cav.
He served as a squadron leader in Egypt and Syria and took command of the Regiment in 1942 and remained such till transferred to the Reserve of Officers in 1944.
On the raising of the 13th Battalion Citizens Military Forces in 1952 he was appointed C.O.
After retiring in 1954 he became Hon Colonel of this Regiment.
Never married, he was predeceased by his brother Bob in 1944 and is survived by his only sister Mrs Machin.
|VALE 01/01/1989?This record copied from A.W.M. WW2 NOMINAL ROLLS|
|Name||ABBOTT, JOHN EDWARD |
|Service||Australian Army |
|Service Number||NX176 |
|Date of Birth||4 Jun 1904|
|Place of Birth||TAREE, NSW |
|Date of Enlistment||31 Oct 1939 |
|Locality on Enlistment||WINGHAM, NSW |
|Place of Enlistment||SYDNEY, NSW |
|Next of Kin||ABBOTT, JOHN |
|Date of Discharge||1 Apr 1944|
|Rank||Lieutenant Colonel |
|Posting at Discharge||16 MACHINE GUN REGIMENT |