William Edwin ELLIOTT

ELLIOTT, William Edwin

Service Number: 2917
Enlisted: 16 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Leasingham, South Australia, 3 March 1897
Home Town: Watervale, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Bronchitis, France, 8 December 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: La Neuville Communal Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Watervale Court Bushmans Home WW1 Honour Roll, Watervale Public School Roll of Honour WW1, Watervale War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2917, 32nd Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2917, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Father Thomas Edward Elliott  and  Mother Emily Jane (formerly) Morgan (nee) Hoare, living at Hughes Park, Watervale, South Australia.

Described on enlisting as 18 years 10 months old; single; 5' 10 3/4" tall; 144 lbs; fresh complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair; Methodist.

2/2/1916         completed medical in Adelaide - fit for service

16/2/1916       Enlisted in Adelaide

23/2/1916       Commanding Officer appointed William to C Company, 2nd Depot
                       Mitcham Camp

11/4/1916       Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board HMAT Aeneas A60

20/6/1916       Embarked from Alexandria on board  HMAT Huntsend
                       to join the British Expeditionary Forces
30/6/1916       disembarked into Marseilles, France

29/7/1916       proceeded to join 32nd Battalion, Etaples, France

2/8/1916         taken on strength into 32nd Battalion, in the field

1/12/1916       evacuated to hospital, from the field

2/12/1916       admitted to 21st Casualty Clearing Station - Gastritis

8/12/1916       7:10am, Private Elliot died of Bronchities (caught on active service)

buried in:        La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie (grave  I33b)

British War medal (37481); Victory medal (37179) and
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (315058).

(Birth record - Source: South Australian Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 599 Page: 358 District: UpW.)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  11/12/2014.  Lest we forget



Private William Edwin Elliott was born at Leasingham on March 3, 1897. He was educated at the Watervale Public School, and spent nearly all his life in the district of Watervale. He entered the employ of the late Sir John Duncan, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He enlisted in February last and spent about eight weeks in camp. Private Elliott left Adelaide on April 11 for Egypt, and after about three weeks in Egypt embarked for France, where he arrived early in June. He went into the trenches in July, and continued to fight in the firing line until stricken by illness. He died of bronchitis on December 8." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 13 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)