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Name: Kenneth Abbott

Burial Number: 1886

Gender: Male

Occupation: Wine and Spirit Merchant

Born: 18/02/1881

Died: 03/05/1959

Buried: 08/05/1959

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Kenneth was born in East Ham, the son of Jabez and Mary Ann. He was baptised at Barking on 30 Mar 1881. Kenneth was educated at a boy’s prep school in Brighton. He trained as a commercial clerk in the wine and spirits business.
In 1914, Kenneth was living at 25 Savage Gardens, London. Two years later in 1916, he enlisted in 28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists Rifles). He was sent to France in Feb 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Army Ordinance Corps.
After the war, Kenneth lived at Enville Cottage, Addlestone, Surrey. In 1919, he married Marie Dawson in Stirling, Scotland. Their son Charles Kenneth Jock Dawson was born in 1924.
In 1929, the family moved to Worthing, living at “Dunblane” 3 Lansdowne Road. Marie died in a local nursing home on 13 Mar 1934. The following year, Kenneth married Edith May Richards.
In 1956, the couple separated and Edith moved to New Parade. Kenneth moved to “Teesgate” in The Boulevard. He died in Worthing Hospital on 3 May 1959. Probate was granted on 6 Nov to Charles Kenneth Jock Abbott company director.
Effects £353 1s 1d (approx. £7K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 4 Plot: 49

Exact Location (what3words): police.silly.urban

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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"Jesu Mercy" In loving memory of Marie dearly beloved wife of Kenneth Abbott died 13th March 1934 aged 34 yrs. And Kenneth Abbott died 3rd May 1959 aged 78 years

Further Information


Name: Kenneth Donald Abbott

Gender: Male

Born: 18/02/1881

Town: East Ham

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 4/6/1919

Spouse First Name: Marie

Spouse Last Name: Dawson

Town of Marriage: Stirling

County of Marriage: Stirlingshire

Country of Marriage: Scotland

Marriage Date: //1935

Spouse First Name: Edith

Spouse Second Name: May

Spouse Last Name: Richards

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/05/1959

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Worthing Hospital

Address line 3: Lyndhurst Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £353 1 s 1 d

Current value of effects: £7399.00

Census Information


Abbott’s Farm, Wall End, Essex

Jabez C aged 34, farmer. Minnie (Mary) aged 33. Kenneth D aged 1 month. 1 visitor, 1 nurse and 2 servants


Boy’s Prep School, 19 Compton Avenue, Brighton

Kenneth aged 10, pupil at school run by Frances Maud and her sisters.


Oakwood, Chigwell, Essex

Jabez C aged 54, own means. Minnie aged 53. Kenneth D aged 20, commercial clerk. Violet aged 18. Plus 2 servants


Living at Enville Cottage, Simplemarsh Road, Addlestone Chertsey –

Kenneth Donald Abbott, Head, 39yrs 4mths; Born – East Ham, Essex; Wine Merchant, Own Account, at 2 Crosby Square EC3;

Marie Abbott, wife, 23yrs 11mths; Born – Glasgow, Scotland;


3 Lansdowne Road. Occupation: wine merchant

Miscellaneous Information

1916 – Enlisted in 28th Battalion, London Regiment (Artists Rifles). Address given as 68 Mannington Road, Chingford and 3 Hayden Chambers, 119 Oxford Street, London. Occupation: wine and spirit merchant. (Short Service Attestation Form)

Kenneth Donald Abbott
Worthing Herald 1 Mar 1957
“£7 a week for wife, excessive, court rules”

The Court of Appeal held last Wednesday that an order directing Mr Kenneth Donald Abbott 76 year old director of a firm of wine merchants, of Lansdowne Road, Worthing, to pay £7 a week maintenance free of tax to his wife, was excessive. The order was reduced to £400 per year gross, which said Lord Justice Hodson would with the wife’s small income, give her about £7 a week.
Mrs Edith May Abbott, now of New Parade, Worthing was granted the order by Mr Commissioner Law at Brighton. She contended that she was entitled to it because she had been told to leave the matrimonial home in Lansdowne Road in January 1956.
For Mr Abbott who appealed, Mr M P Picard argued that no order should have been made because he was already making an allowance of £5 a week, free of tax and that the wife also had an income of £63 per annum as a part-time teacher.
Mr Abbott suffered a stroke in July 1955, preventing him from taking an active part in his business and his remuneration was reduced. The judge’s order meant a payment of £632 a year.
In his judgement, Lord Justice Hodson said that Mr Abbott’s advisers seemed to have taken the view that the amount of the maintenance should by fixed by a court order. As to its amount, he thought the Commissioner intended the wife, who was much younger than her husband, to have a total income of £7 a week, but failed to take her own income into account.
Lord Justice Ormerod and Mr Justice Vaisey agreed.