In the 1939 photograph of 27 Coy AMPC, above, Sgt Thomas Abbott, is wearing service dress and standing at second from left back. Note the long service and WW1 campaign ribbons of many of his fellow NCOs.

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Abbott was recalled to the Colours on outbreak of war and posted to No 5 Works Labour Company, Auxiliary Pioneer Corps. This unit was later designated 27 Auxiliary Military Pioneer Company on arrival in France on 13/9/39.

He was appointed Unpaid Lance Corporal with effect from 23/9/39. He was appointed Acting Sgt with effect from 5/10/39. Notice in the photograph above all the Sergeants, are wearing pre-war service dress (tunic with shiny buttons.).

The photograph above features probably the Commanding Officer of the 27 AMPC, one other officer, possibly the Adjutant (the younger officer) and, possibly, all the Sgts of the company.

Sgt T Abbott, 27 AMPC, 1939-40

Sgt Thomas F Abbott, as a Sgt with 27 Company, Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. France, 1939-40
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