Born in 1893 Jabez Abraham was the third son of Jabez and Elizabeth Abraham (nee Healey) and was known as junior to differentiate him from his father.
His father Jabez snr a highly esteemed headmaster at Hemmant State school died suddenly aged 50 in 1908 leaving Elizabeth to raise their 6 sons and 2 daughters on the family farm near Ipswich until 2 years later she married George Cooke a newly widowed father of 9 and they moved to Eumundi.
Jabez enlisted on 19 August 1915 and embarked from Brisbane on board the HMAT A69 Warilda Queensland on 5 October 1915. On 21 August 1916, Private Abraham, 22, died from wounds sustained in action in France.
He was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery and his headstone, like that of his brother Cyril’s was inscribed ‘God is love' as requested by their mother Elizabeth.
Jabez had been living and working in Kingaroy at the time of his enlistment and the Kingaroy Herald eulogised his passing, saying, 'our little community can ill spare the like of Jabez Abraham. We mourn his loss and greatly appreciate the sacrifice he has made for us all'.
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