Frederick Abbott


Frederick Abbott

Frederick Abbott (June 13, 1805 – November 4, 1892) was an English army officer of the East India Company, born near Buntingford, Hertfordshire. His field was public works engineering. Abbott was the brother of Augustus Abbott and James Abbott.

After finishing his education, Abbott was posted to India in 1823. He served in the First Burmese War, and in 1825 he distinguished himself in a battle near Prome (Pyay), where he was wounded. After serving at in different locations in India, he took part in the First Anglo-Afghan War. Here he was ordered to destroy the great bazaar of Kabul as a retribution for the murder of a British officer, an action he later regretted. In 1846 he fought in the First Anglo-Sikh War, and took part in the Battle of Sobraon. In 1851 he took over as principal of Addiscombe College, and was knighted in 1854. After the college was closed in 1861, he served on different royal commissions. He died in Bournemouth in 1892. His wife, Frances, and his daughter had both predeceased him.

External source

* R. H. Vetch, "Abbott, Sir Frederick (1805–1892)", rev. Roger T. Stearn, "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, 2004 (http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/15, accessed 20 March 2007)


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