Augustus John ELLIOTT


ELLIOTT, Augustus John

Service Number: 151
Enlisted: 8 February 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Monmouthshire, Wales, 20 December 1875
Home Town: Largs Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Hindmarsh Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Tailor
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 18 September 1915, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot II, Row D, Grave 35., Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 151, 22nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 151, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne

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Private Augustus John Elliott – Biography

Private Augustus John Elliott served for Australia in the First World War. Private Elliott was born on the 20th of December, 1875, in Monmouthshire, England, in the town of Newport. He came to Australia by ship, with his family, at the age of 7 years old in 1881/1882. Private Elliott was schooled at Hindmarsh public school. He stood at a small height of 5 feet and 5.9 inches, paired with his dark brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

Private Elliott’s wife Edith T Elliott, arrived in Australia on the same vessel and their childhood friendship blossomed into a romance. They married and had two children together. Private Elliott worked as a tailor in Sydney for some time before moving back to Adelaide. Private Elliott and his family lived predominately at their property on Mead Street in Largs Bay, South Australia.

Private Elliott enlisted, as an A.I.F private, on the 8th of February 1915 aged 39 and 5 months.

After enlisting as an A.I.F private, Elliott joined the 22nd Infantry Battalion as it was formed on the 26th of March 1915. The 22nd Battalion trained at the Broadmeadows training camp in Victoria, Australia. Most of the 22nd Battalion embarked for Egypt on the 8th of May 1915, with Private Elliott embarking on the 10th of May 1915, from Melbourne in the ship HMAT Ulysses.

After training in Egypt, the 22nd Battalion was deployed to Gallipoli in the first week of September 1915. Private Augustus John Elliott was killed in action on the 18th of September 1915, the very same month of arrival.

Captain-chaplain T. P Bennet, in a letter to Private Elliott’s wife and children, holds him in high regard saying, “we all who knew him valued him for his sterling good, manly qualities and his mates feel their loss severely. His friend Chaplain T.P Bennet laid Private Elliott to rest in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, Plot II, Row D, Grave 35.