Corporal Harold Abraham

Corporal Harold Abraham had been a Signaller in the Royal Engineers British Territorial Forces since 1911. When war broke out, his job at B.I. Cables was a reserved occupation (the role was essential to the war effort and the good of the country – in this case it was vital to industry, and the company was producing munitions) and so he was exempt from enlisting. In 1916, Harold made the change from Territorial Forces to the 55th West Lancashire Division Signal Corps, Royal Engineers, as shown by one of his shoulder patches bearing the Lancashire rose.

Harold Abraham Lancashire rose patch
Harold Abraham Lancashire rose patch

 

Prescot families were suffering heavy casualties, and the decision was made to erect a memorial in 1916 while the war was still raging. Harold commented at the time that it “wasn’t nice to come home on leave and think your name might be there”. After additional training at Canterbury, illustrated by the postcard on display, he was posted to France. During his service he and two comrades were billeted with a French family, pictured here. The doorway of the house was marked to indicate that it was hosting 3 members of the Signal Corps, Royal Engineers.

Harold Abraham billeted with French family
Harold Abraham billeted with French family

 

He was shot in the right shoulder, and honourably discharged from duty as he was unfit for active duty. His family were notified by the letter on display here alongside his discharge papers which detail his service, giving further insight into his role which is listed as field line telegraphist.

 

Harold was awarded the Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, presented here along with the matching ribbon bar. Once he had convalesced, he returned to complete his apprenticeship at B.I. Cables in the Design department.

Harold Abraham West Lancs and others
Harold Abraham West Lancs and others
Harold Abraham medals
Harold Abraham medals
Harold Abraham Christmas card 1917
Harold Abraham Christmas card 1917