T. Abraham

Cpl. 13882, 5th Battalion,
South Wales Borderers.

Born - Nelson, Glamorgan
Enlisted - Newport, Monmouthshire
Residence - Newbridge, Monmouthshire
Died - 1st May, 1918 Western Front - died of wounds at 10th Casualty Clearing Station.
(Was wounded on 29th April while carrying out ‘wiring’ duties)

Buried at Arneke Military Cemetery, Near Cassel, France.
Grave II.B.1

Cemetery photo


Thomas Abraham was born around 1896. That would have made him close to 20 years of age at the time he died.

He was one of at least five children that were born to William and Alice Abraham.
Both William and Alice were born around 1872 and they made their home at:

20, Shingrig Road, Nelson in the Parish of Llanfabon. 

William earned his living as a hewer, working underground at Penallta Colliery. Alice remained at home to look after the family.

Emily was the eldest child, born in Nelson around 1892.
Next came another daughter, Winifred who was born around 1894.
Then saw the arrival of Thomas, the first and only son in the family.
William and Alice had a further two daughters, Clarice, born around 1897 and Lilian was born around 1900.

Thomas’ mother Alice was the only member of this family who spoke only English, while all the others, including William spoke both Welsh and English.

Thomas’ family story does not end there. By 1911, his mother Alice had remarried to a George Hughes who was ten years her younger. They had a son and two daughters who were:
Theresa Ethel Hughes, born in 1906,
Frederick George Hughes, born 1909, and,
Florence Nelly Hughes, born in 1910>

Thomas, Clarice and Lilian retain the Abraham family name, and are shown as Step-children of George, the family head.
They have now made their family home in a five room house at 18, Torlais Street, Newbridge, Monmouthshire.

Thomas’s father, William had met his death during the middle of 1901, aged 30yrs.

Following Thomas’ death, his effects were released to his sister Emily, now Jones. The monies amounted to the sum of £18.10s


Sat May 18th 1918

Official news received on Wed week of the death in action of Corporal Tom Abraham 13882, South Wales Borderers, son of the late Mr & Mrs William Abraham.
Corporal Abraham enlisted early in the war and had seen much service in France. He was well known locally and he was born in this village.
He had been employed at Penallta Colliery and resided with his uncle and aunt, Mr & Mrs John Barnes, Wern Crescent.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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