Biography

Birth date: 22 March 1906
Birth place: New Zealand: North Island, Auckland
Death date: 10 November 1960
Final rank: Major
Service number: NX59 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

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SYDNEY, NSW. 1946-02-16. NX59 LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. N. ABBOTT, HIS WIFE (LEFT) AND MOTHER (RIGHT) IN THE GROUNDS OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE AFTER AN INVESTITURE CEREMONY. COLONEL ABBOTT RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER. (PHOTOGRAPHER SGT B....

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Timeline

Date of birth 1906-03-22 Auckland, NZ
Interwar Service 1 1926-08-03 lieutenant 19 battalion
Date commissioned 1926-09-03
Interwar Service 2 1930-07-01 lieutenant 55 battalion
Interwar Service 3 1931-10-14 captain
Interwar Service 4 1936-03-09 major
Interwar Service 5 1937-08-01 major 55/53rd battalion
Career summary 2 1939-10-13 captain (Hon major) 2/3rd battalion
Career summary 3 1939-10-20 enlisted 2AIF
Career summary 4 1940-02-14 arrived Middle East
Career summary 5 1940-04-10 - 1940-05-05 Fd Works Cse Middle East Tactical Sc
Career summary 6 1940-12-10 1 Australian Corps Legal Cse 1
Career summary 7 1940-12-15 major
Career summary 8 1941-03-07 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Citations 1 1941-03-26 DSO (GO 40/41)
Career summary 13 1941-06 Cse Middle East Combined Engr Centre c.
Career summary 11 1941-07-03 - 1942-01-15 commanding officer 16 Infantry Training battalion
Career summary 14 1942-01-16 relinquished command 16 Australian infantry training battalion returned to unit
Career summary 12 1942-01-16 - 1942-08-10 2/3rd battalion
Career summary 15 1942-03-27 arrived Ceylon
Career summary 16 1942-08-07 Returned to Australia (Melbourne)
Appointment 1942-08-11 - 1945-02-08 Battalion: 26th; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: 2/3rd battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: deemed psychologically unfit for duty
Career summary 17 1942-08-11 - 1945-02-08 temporary lieutenant colonel 11 Aug 1942 commanding officer 26 battalion
Career summary 18 1942-09-01 lieutenant colonel
Career summary 19 1942-12-25 AT Refresher Cse 4
Career summary 20 1943-08-13 - 1943-10-11 senior officers Motor Transport Co
Career summary 21 1944-02-27 - 1944-04-09 Land Headquarters Tactical School (senior O
Career summary 22 1944-12-08 arrived Bougainville
Career summary 24 1945-02-08 relinquished command 26th battalion
Career summary 25 1945-02-19 Returned to Australia (Sydney)
Career summary 26 1945-05-06 - 1945-10-28 commanding officer 16 Australian Infantry Training Brigade
Career summary 27 1945-10-28 - 1946-03-15 appointed lieutenant colonel Eastern Command Discharge Depot
Career summary 28 1946-03-15 - 1947-02-14 appointed commanding officer Eastern Command Discharge Depot
Career summary 29 1947-05-07 Reserve of Officers
Date of death 1960-11-10
Career summary 9 c 1941-03-19 arrived Greece
Career summary 10 c 1941-05-30 arrived Middle East ex Greece
Career summary 1 major 55/53rd battalion
Career summary 23 4 Feb 1945 Graded Med Class B1 'Review 3/12 Ustaff officer A Constitional (N) unfit for duties involving responsibility for three months. Strongly recommend three months leave for rehabilitation purposes.'
Citations 2 For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the actions at TOBRUCH. At TOBRUCH on 21 Jan, 41, this Officer was in command of one of the two companies which made the entry into the enemy position. By his courage and leadership and outstanding disregard for personal safety, his company, although much depleted by casualties, was enabled to capture four strongly held enemy posts and provide a safe starting point for the whole battalion. Throughout the severe fighting of the rest of the day, the leadership and gallantry of this officer was outstanding and an inspiring example to his company.
WW2 Service 1 Bardia-Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 Bougainville