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Old 31-08-15, 10:22
Jill Jill is offline
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Default 74) Abner Marchant, Private 92645 1st Garrison Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regime

74th of the Old Boys of St Wilfrid's school, Haywards Heath to lose his life in WW1.

Abner was born in Lindfield in 1884 to John and Rosa Marchant, in 1891 they lived at 2 Spring Cottages, Lyoth Lane, Lindfield and then moved to New England Road in Haywards Heath. Abner probably had red hair because in 1906 neighbour Robert Harmes admitted calling him "Ginger" in court when charged with assaulting Abner and his sister following a dispute over Abner’s young foster brother Percy throwing dust at Harmes’s child.

Abner first became a gardener, then worked for the Post Office. He married Isabel Pattenden in 1908, and chose to live near his parents in New England Road. They did not have any children.

Abner died of influenza in Egypt on 24th November 1918 and is buried in grave Q 125 at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.

This appeared in the local paper:

Mrs A Marchant, of Wood View, New England Road, has received the sad news of the death of her husband, Private Abner Marchant, King’s Liverpool Regt., who died in Egypt, of influenza on November 24th. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs J Marchant of 1 Wood View, New England Road, and was 34 years of age. Before joining his Majesty’s forces he was employed at the General Post Office, Haywards Heath.

His widow Isabel received £24 11s 3d which was his pay owing and a War Gratuity of £13. She never remarried, and lived on until 1961.

His foster brother Percy Bingle was also killed in the war.

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