‘Brave Officer’ Reginald Donaldson Abbiss

Ronald Donaldson Abbiss 2nd Lt  KOYLI

Title: Ronald Donaldson Abbiss 2nd Lt KOYLI
Description: Don Chron 14th Dec 1917 page 3 by-nc

Reginald Donaldson Abbiss, born 1887, in Cambridge. He lived with his family at 27 Netherhall Road in Doncaster. He was known to his friends as ‘Rex’.

He studied at Doncaster Grammar School and after leaving he was employed in the Surveyor’s Department at County Hall, Wakefield.

During the war he enlisted in to the 3rd Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (K.O.Y.L.I.) and served as a Second Lieutenant. He was wounded during an attack on the German trenches on 2nd December 1917. The Doncaster Chronicle reported that his parents received a letter dated 1st December after receiving notification of his death. In a letter written to his parents by the chaplain of the K.O.Y.L.I. Abbiss is described as ‘a brave officer and loved by his men. He had always a smile and a cheery word for everybody.’

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