Sgt Arthur Abbott, 16 DLI, Portrait Photo

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Sgt Arthur Abbott, 16th DLI, a 1942 Portrait Photograph

This excellent portrait photograph of Sgt Arthur Abbott, 16 DLI, would seem to date from 1942 when the Battalion was based in the Rye, Sussex area. Note the ‘Guards-style’ DLI shoulder flash which was unique to the 16th Battalion and the ‘Oak Leaf’ divisional insignia of the 46th Infantry Division. From the village of Minworth, near Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire, Arthur Abbott (4467042) was with the 16th DLI from the start in Scotland and served with the Battalion throughout the North African and Italian Campaigns.

Click here to see a photograph of Sgt Abbot and some unidentified NCO friends, plus his 1945 ‘demob’ certificate. Click here to see a colourised wartime portrait photo. Click here to see his Army Number in the sequence of his fellow 16 DLI recruits in 1940. Click here to see his rare 16 DLI Christmas Card from Italy. And click here to see his personal religious memento of the Battalion’s time in the Holy Land, in April 1944. Photos and documents all courtesy of Sgt Abbott’s son, Mike Abbott. Mike now has his own web site devoted to his family here and further details on his father’s background and pre-war and post-war career can be read on this page of his site. I have also adapted Mike’s biography of his father and placed it on the group NCOs photo page noted above.