Elliott Henry (Elliott) HOUSE

Badge Number: S20271, Sub Branch: Stirling

HOUSE, Elliott Henry

Service Number: 78
Enlisted: 10 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Torrens, South Australia, 28 August 1893
Home Town: Mount Torrens, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 1 November 1958, aged 65 years
Cemetery: Stirling District Cemetery, S.A.
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

10 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 78, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 78, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 78, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
9 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 78, 43rd Infantry Battalion, GSW (cheek)
27 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 78, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Merris (France), 2nd occasion - (Gas)
21 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 78, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Horizon Christian School

Elliott Henry House was born on the 28th of August 1893, and was the son of James House. He lived his life leading up to the great war in Mount Torrens.

Elliot Henry House enlisted in World War One on January 9th 1916 aged 22 and 5 months. He was a medium build, weighing 151 pound at 5 foot 10 inches, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. His relationship status was single and he was a Methodist.

He enlisted as a Private with the service number 78. He was a member of the 43rd battalion, one of South Australia's contributions to the war. He embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Afric on the 9th of June, the ship stopped briefly in Egypt, then proceeded on to Britain for further training. The battalion arrived on the western front in late December and spent 1917 in the trenches in Flanders.

The 43rd Infantry Battalion also took part in the battle of Messines and in October the Third Battle of Ypres. Elliot was injured and admitted to hospital on the 11th of June 1917 with a gunshot to the right cheek, the next year he was gassed on the 14 of May 1918, but he made a full recovery from both of his injuries.

The Battalion spent most of 1918 fighting in the Somme valley. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of November 1918 the guns fell silent on the western front, throughout 1919 the men of the 43rd battalion returned to Australia, Elliot returned to Australia on the 21st of March 1919. Elliot House spent a total 3 years 163 days serving his country and 2 years and 333 days abroad. In the time Elliot served he was awarded two medals; the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

After his return to Australia Elliot married Amy Alice Mona Lintern, together they had 9 children, and in 1931 Elliot finished building their family home, sadly in 1935 Amy died from child birth complications.

In 1939 fires raged over South Australia, Elliott at the time was the head fire chief of the Stirling
area, meaning he spent several weeks away from his young children fighting the fires of Black Friday, the fires came so close to his house that it burnt his garage, toilet and chook shed.

Sadly Elliott died in 1958 at the age of 65 he was buried at the Stirling cemetery.