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Herbert Caesar Abbott was born in Bolton in around 1879. His father was named Julias and his mother, Elizabeth.

Herbert was 36 years old when he joined the Territorial Force in December 1915. The medical officer described him as being 5ft 7.5in tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was living at 44 Water Street, Bolton and had been employed as an Iron moulders labourer. As Herbert was single and had no children, he gave the name and address of his brother Dominick Abbott of 15 King Street, Bolton as his legal next of kin.

Herbert was mobilized on 24th March 1916 beginning his training for military service. He was posted into the 4/5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the service number 8087.

On the 7th August the same year Herbert was discharged as sick due to medical reasons.  The medical officer at Rushmoor Military Camp in Aldershot wrote;

Hammer toe since birth, rheumatism three years ago – Bolton. Toes hurt him when marching. Complains of pain in joints, and swelling of feet at night. A well marked mitral systolic; which is apparently not fully compensated. Not result of, nor aggravated by ord. mil. service. Permanent. Prevents 1/4 Permanent.

Herbert was discharged to the address of his brother (above) and received Silver War Badge number 192281. He saw no further military service.

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