Abraham Sigley 1890 – 1918


Notts & Derby Regimental Badge
Notts & Derby Regimental Badge

Abraham Sigley entered the war in France on 27th August 1915 from his Medal Index Card. 1st Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)were in Bombay, India when war broke out in August 1914. They returned to England, landing at Plymouth on the 2nd of October 1914 and joined 24th Brigade, 8th Division at Hursley Park, Winchester. They proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre on the 5th of November a much needed reinforcement to the BEF and remained on the Western Front throughout the war. In 1915 they were in action at The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers and The action of Bois Grenier. On the 18th of October 1915 24th Brigade transferred to 23rd Division to instruct the inexperienced troops. In March 1916 23rd Division took over the front line between Boyau de l’Ersatz and the Souchez River in the Carency sector from the French 17th Division, an area exposed to heavy shelling. In mid April they withdrew to Bruay returning to the Carency sector in mid May just before the German attack on Vimy Ridge, in the sector to their right. On the 15th of June 1916 24th Brigade returned to 8th Division. In 1916 They were in action at the Battle of The Somme. In 1917 they fought in The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and then moved to Flanders and were in action in The Battle of Pilkem and The Battle of Langemarck. In 1918 they saw action during The Battle of St Quentin, The actions at the Somme crossings, The Battle of Rosieres, The actions of Villers-Bretonneux, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Scarpe – See more at: http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/sherwoodforesters1-gw.php#sthash.VjzpVJqe.dpuf

Born: 17th July 1890 Buxton registered Chapel-en-le-Frith Vol 7b Page 737 J/A/S, Abraham was baptised on 13th August 1890 at St Peters Fairfield to parents Joseph & Ann Sigley. Abraham had an older brother William,
1891 Census: Living with parents @Tom Thorn aged 3yrs.

1895: Abraham started North Road school on 24th September the family were still living at Tom Thorn.

1901 Census: Abraham had 6 younger siblings, James, Moses, George, Mary Ann and Emma.
1911 Census: Living @ Batham Gate aged 20yrs. Occupation Lime Burner.

Batham Gate 2014 from where Abraham went to War
Batham Gate 2014 from where Abraham went to War

Grave Plot: Longuenesse Plot 1V. F. 60.

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