March 1, 1889 (Norwalk, CT) – October 16, 1918; 29 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 2 Day Street, South Norwalk
Entered the service August 5, 1918
Serial number 3597329
25TH FIELD ARTILLERY, BATTERY E
Worked as a driver for Raymond Brothers in South Norwalk prior to service.
Listed 6 years prior military service on his draft card. Early military census has an entry showing he was honorably discharged on July 21, 1914, only to join again.
Died of disease, specifically lobar pneumonia at Camp McClelland, Anniston, Alabama. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.
From The Norwalk Hour October 21, 1918
In connection with the death of Frederick Abbott the following letter has been received from Camp McClelland, Alabama.
Bat E, 25th Field Artillery
Camp McClelland, Alabama
October 17, 1918
Mrs. Goldon Anderson
14 Elizabeth Street
South Norwalk, Conn.
Dear Mrs. Anderson,
Your brother died while on active service for his government. Our regimental chaplain visited him every day in the hospital. The doctors and nurses did all they could but could not save him.
Frederick Abbott was a good soldier and did his work willingly and cheerfully. We shall miss him in this battery.
Corporal Charles DeSalvo will accompany your brother’s body home. The quartermaster will send you a copy of his final statement.
Very truly yours,
JAY F. HOSTETLER
1st Lt. F.A.C.S.A.
Sergeant Abbott is buried in Union Cemetery, Norwalk; Plot 846, Avenue G, in the Drew plot. Thanks go to cemetery Sexton, Mr. Charlie Williams for the help in finding the site.