Henry James Hamilton ELLIOTT


ELLIOTT, Henry James Hamilton

Service Number: 717
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Kensington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mundaroo, New South Wales, Australia, 28 September 1892
Home Town: Tumbarumba, Tumbarumba, New South Wales
Schooling: Mundaroo Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll, Tumbarumba District Roll of Honour WW1, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 717, Kensington, New South Wales
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 717, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 717, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 717, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 717, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Born in Tumbarumba on the 28th September 1892, Henry enlisted at Kensington NSW, on the 27 August 1914. He was involved at the Anzac Landing on 25 April 1915 and was wounded the same day, (G.S.W. to the side) and evacuated to Alexandria in Egypt. He re-joined his unit at Gallipoli on the 19 July 1915.

On the 17 of July 1916, Henry and the 3rd Battalion prepared for the assault on the town of Pozieres. Henry Elliott was killed in action at Pozieres on the 20th July 1916, before the battle started, and is buried in Sausage Valley, his grave was marked but its location was later lost during fighting in the following years. His service to his country is recorded in the memorial at Villers Bretonneux, his grave site in France is still unknown.

His older brother 316 Corporal John Joseph Elliott, also of the 3rd Battalion was severely wounded only four days after his brother's death. Although he was removed to a hospital in England he died of wounds 7 weeks later on the 15 September 1916, age 25.