Sidney Harold Richard ELLIOTT

ELLIOTT, Sidney Harold Richard

Service Number: 782
Enlisted: 18 August 1914, Enlisted at Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, September 1888
Home Town: Eaglehawk, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Eaglehawk State School, Victoria
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial Panel 28 Commemorated in the Eaglehawk Cemetery, Victory Headstone inscription reads: He died that we might live
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo Great War Roll of Honor, Eaglehawk Fire Brigade Honour Roll, Eaglehawk Loyal Catherine Lodge Honour Roll WW1, Eaglehawk Mechanics Institute Roll of Honour, Eaglehawk Uniting Church Honour Board and Memorial Windows, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 782, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Bendigo, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 782, 7th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
12 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 782, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 782, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of George and Elizabeth Elliott of Eaglehawk, Victoria.

Next of kin given as his sister Annie Jane Graham of Pegleg Road, Eaglehawk. Later changed to G. J. Elliott of Church Street, Eaglehawk

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Member of the Eaglehawk Rifle Club

Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Bendigonian, Thursday 17 June 1915 page 20.


Amongst those who have died for freedom's cause is Private Sidney H. R. Elliott. son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Elliott, of Pegleg-road, Eaglehawk. When the news of his death was circulated in the borough, profound regret was generally expressed. The flag at the Eaglehawk fire station was hoisted half-mast, and many were the expressions of sympathy with the relatives. Private Elliott, who was a native of Eaglehawk, was educated at the Eaglehawk State School. He was well known and highly respected.

Sid was a prominent member of the Rifle Club, and the experience he had gained with his rifle was soon recognised by the military authorities, for when he reached the Dardanelles, he was one of those chosen to do sniping duty.
He was an active member of the Eaglehawk Fire Brigade, and a member of one of the competing teams which represented Eaglehawk at the Geelong demonstration in 1914. He also figured prominently in several of the indoor competitions held amongst the members of the brigade. He took an active interest in friendly society matters, and was a P.G. of the Loyal Catherine Lodge, M.U. He was also a member of the Odd fellows' Band for several years. Being a member of the Comrades' class connected with the Eaglehawk West Methodist Sunday School, his name was amongst those inscribed on the honor roll, which was unveiled in the West Methodist School Hall on Wednesday evening last. He had been connected with the Methodist Church and Sunday school from infancy, and for a number of years was a member of the church choir. He was also associated with several social organisations, more especially the lawn party and the Swastika Club, and was held in high esteem by the members of the Eaglehawk Mechanics' Institute, of which he was also a member.
He was unmarried, and prior to his departure from the borough was employed as a foundryman at the Austral Drill Foundry at Eaglehawk. He had also worked at several of the local mines as a blacksmith. He has one sister, Mrs. W. Graham, of Pegleg road and five brothers -Messrs. George and Abe, bootmakers, of Eaglehawk; Fred., of Vine-street, Bendigo; William, of Farnsworth -street, Eaglehawk, and Stanley, also of Eaglehawk, who is well known in musical circles, and as choirmaster at St. Paul's Church, Bendigo.