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Sydney Bertram AbbotOperating Staff
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): S.B. Abbott. (Sydney Bertram Abbott).
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Date and Place of Birth: 9th November 1889. Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Date and Place of Death: 3rd May 1976. Parkdale, Victoria, Australia
Childhood: Sydney was the youngest of two boys, his brother Arthur was born in 1888.
Parents: Sydney Abbot (1867 – 1939) and Susan Margaret Ball (1861 – 1944)
Parent’s occupations: According to the rate books in 1897 for the city of Kew, Sydney Abbot worked as a clerk. In the 1921 electoral roll, he was recorded as working as a clerk.
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Perhaps the University of Melbourne
Place of residence at Gretna: N/A.
Job title at Gretna: Operating staff.
Marital status: Married to Isabel Beryl Victor in 1914
Children: Three sons. Sydney Charles Bertram Abbot (1921 – 1943) — killed in an air crash in Norfolk during WW2. 19 Aug 1943 – DEATH OF D.F.C. FLIER IN CRASH – Trove (nla.gov.au) David Abbott (1926-1943) — killed aged 16 when the ship he was on was torpedoed. Virtual War Memorial | David ABBOTT (vwma.org.au) and John Abbott.
Travels: Travelled from Australia to Scotland to work at HM Factory Gretna during World War One, and later returned to Australia in 1919.
Awards/recognitions: His name features in a roll of honour created by Melbourne University graduates and undergraduates and published in the Melbourne University magazine in July 1920.
Trivia / any other information: The address he gave when he left HM Factory Gretna in 1919 was 71 Sydney Road, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. This name and address is also recorded on page 13 of Mossband Farewell Magazine, under ‘Cordite Staff, Mossband, 1916-1918.
He is recorded as one of the chemists on board SS Devanha boarding at Devonport May 1919. It states his age as 26 (and states Sydney for where he is from).
Sydney’s son, also called Sydney, died in WW2. On his roll of honour citation, his father’s occupation is noted as ‘Manager, explosives factory, St Mary’s’
In 1950, Sydney and his wife travelled to England via ship, his occupation is noted as ‘civil servant.’