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Private Peter Abram

Civilian Occupation: Birkacre Collierypeter abram 1peter abram 2

Peter Abram is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/24b. He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:
Private Peter Abram was number 3632 (this changed to 201246 when the TF were renumbered in 1917). Peter enlisted on 14th December 1914 and joined D Company of the 1st/4th Battalion. He sailed to France on 8th August 1915 and was captured exactly a year later, 8th August 1916 at Guillemot. The Bn history records Peter Abram as being wounded on this date – the Germans recorded him being captured unwounded. Peter was held at Munster and Dulmen POW camps until being repatriated and arriving at Hull on the Steamship Willochra on 3rd December 1918.

He was discharged as ‘sick’ on 2nd April 1919 and given Silver War Badge number B248828 which was issued on 7th January 1920. His mother Mary was noted as living at 21 Burlington Street, Chorley in September 1916; but by December 1916 is recorded as living at 45 St. Thomas Road, Chorley. It appears that Peter died in March 1926.

The attack on GUILLEMONT – 8th August 1916
The Battalion assembled in the trenches that ran east to west of the road near Trones Wood. ‘D’ Company were tasked to consolidate the left of the enemy line on the west side of Guillemont. The attack was not a success. The right flank was held up almost immediately and were forced to retire to their original position, and the left (D Company) were driven off by the enemy coming behind them!

There was considerable confusion caused by heavy mist and German smoke bombs, and for this reason the troops held in reserve were not called on. The attack was costly, 9 men being killed outright, 97 wounded and over 100 more reported missing.

The 1911 Census has him at 13 Burlington Street, Chorley: Mary Abram (54, Head, Widow, Married 34 years with 12 children, 9 living and 3 dead, Born in Chorley), Edward Abram (28, Son, Born in Chorley), William Abram (22, Son, Collier Drawer, Underground, Born in Chorley), Peter Abram (15, Son, Creeler, Cotton Spinner, Born in Chorley).

The 1901 Census has him at 24 Beacon Street, Chorley: William Abram (46, Head, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Mary Abram (44, Wife, Born in Chorley), Elizabeth Abram (24, Daughter, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Esther Abram (15, Daughter, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), William Abram (12, Son, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), James Abram (10, Son, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Peter Abram (17, Son, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Richard A Catterall (25, Son, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley).

It has not been possible to establish the trail for the Peter Abram aged 15 in 1911 Census and who is most likely to be the casualty in the Chorley Memorial Album. Lily Agnes Thexton, sister of Sidney Thexton [CMB/I/198b ] married a Peter Abram [possibly CMB/II/24b] in 1920 by Registrar in Chorley.

His parents, William Abram and Mary Catterall, married in Chorley by Registrar in 1875. There are two entries for registers of births for a Peter Abram, whose mother has the maiden name of Caterall in 1895.

William Catterall (the elder child) was born in 1891 in Chorley. His mother’s maiden name was Catterall.

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