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Frederick Victor Abbott
& family

School Attendance
William and Ellen Abbott came from Mears Ashby, and had been living at Irthlingborough where they had a daughter, Edith Ellen in 1887. After moving to Chelveston where their son, Frederick was born in 1874, another move brought the family to Rushden.

In 1901 Frederick Victor Abbott was aged 7 and the family was living at 86 Wellingborough Road, Rushden.

Frederick was taught at Alfred Street Boys School. He must have been a studious boy, as he had a Certificate of Honour for his attendance '416 times' in 1906, and a Certificate of Merit for 'Reporting on Alcohol and Digestion'.

Later that year he also completed the Pitman's Theory and Practical Shorthand course, having gained a full certificate for shorthand in 1905. Then in 1907 he was awarded 3rd prize in the Co-op Education department for his shorthand.

Pitman's Courses
3rd Prize

When he left school Fred worked as a clerk in a boot factory.

In 1915 he went to Kettering to attest for service during the war, and was immediately transferred to the Reserve. By then he was living at 25 Brookfield Road, and shoetrade was deemed as a reserve occupation. But in 1918 he was called up.

He was away when the 1918 Register of Electors was compiled as he is listed as an absent voter.

Fred's spoon giving his service number - 26229 RAMC 9th Co.

In August 1918 Fred was examined and declared as Grade Two, and Dr Davies signed a medical certificate that Fred was suffering from "disordered action of the heart." In September he was granted temporary exemption, following a tribunal hearing, and was transferred again to the Army Reserve in December 1918.

In 1922 Fred married Ethel Smith.

business card
Business card with new address

The Band of Hope Medal - for 'Long and Faithful Service'.

C of E Band of Hope

teaspoon and pencil tin
Teaspoon given by RUDC in 1937 was kept
in a souvenir pencil tin

tea caddy prize
This tea caddy was given as 3rd prize for a
'Best Decorated House' - 93 Spencer Road in 1953

Frederick died on 24th January 1970, and he is commemorated on Cemetery Wall No 7.

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