All text and images © Helvellyn Consulting 2016
William was the eldest son of David Abbott, a Stonemason, and his wife Ann (nee Bell). His parents arrived in Patterdale from Helton around 1889, living in the Township. Sadly, Ann died on the 11th October 1895, leaving David with four young children to look after. Alongside William, the eldest, were Henrietta (born 1890), Thomas (1892) and Mary Olive (1894). Around February 1898, his father married again, to Rachel Rucastle in Kendal. They lived for a while in the Heysham area but by 1905 had moved back to Patterdale, living at Goldrill House, where William was working as a Stonemason alongside his father, and where in 1905 Rachel had given birth to Ruth, a step-
Before the war William was a coach driver, working for the Pears Family who operated from Crookabeck Farm. He used to drive the four-
After the war he was chauffeur for Mr Thomas Bowness at the Ullswater Hotel and for some years before he retired he drove a van for the Bero flour firm. He also let apartments at West Side, Glenridding until at least 1929. He continued to drive and taught many of the local youngsters to drive, including Freda Cox, niece of John William Hicks, and was by all accounts still tearing around the roads in his eighties. His wife Annie died in 1966 and William in 1975, they are buried together in Patterdale Churchyard. He was a staunch supporter of Glenridding Wesleyan Chapel and as the Herald reported after his funeral “ he was one of Glenridding’s best-
In terms of his other family members, his younger sister Mary Olive had died aged just 9 in 1903. We father and step mother moved back to Kendal, possibly during World War One, where his father died on the 23 July 1931 at Westmorland County Hospital aged 65. Rachel stayed in Kendal until her death aged 88 in 1956. We believe his sister Henrietta married Edwin Shaw in Kendal in 1918, and Ruth married Charles Baker, also in Kendal in 1930. We believe his brother Thomas may have moved to Lancashire, where died in 1949 aged 58.
If you can add anything to William or his family’s story please contact us.
Driver William (Billy) Abbott
M2/047620 MT Section of the Army Service Corps
Born 17th Mar 1888, Helton. Died Aug 1975 Aged 87 Penrith
Son of David and Ann (nee Bell) Abbott, The Township and Goldrill House Patterdale
Husband of Annie Backhouse. Lived at Millcroft Glenridding
Goldrill House in Patterdale -