Private William Alfred Victor Elliott

Service Army Service No. 27916
Rank Private
Regiment:Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 11th Battalion
Date of Birth: 1897
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 03/11/1916
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription Elliott W.A.V. PTE. D.C.L.I.

Service History

William A V Ellliott was working as a tailor when he enlisted in February 1916. The remnants of his Service Record show that he was living at 27 Sunbury Terrace, Brixham and that he was unmarried.
His attestation record is dated 19th February 1916. He was mobilized on 13th March 1916 as a “Special Reservist in Class III, Garrison Service Home, mech transport.”
He was posted on 19th May 1916 and retained at depot, 95th Training Reserve Battalion when he was given the Service Number TR/7/12212.

His death is recorded as the result of a “Bomb Accident” on 2nd September when he was sent to hospital but died on the following day. The War Office called for a Court of Inquiry and the documents were filed with the soldier's records, but have not been seen. The CWGC site indicates that he may have been posted at Chisledon Camp, Wiltshire.

A funeral was held in Dawlish on Thursday 16 November 1916, the Wesleyan Minister officiating. It was reported in the Western Times that 'death occurred at a bombing school, somewhere in England, through an accident.'

Association with Dawlish

William A V Ellliott was the eldest child of Alfred and Agnes Hannah Elliott. Alfred Elliott (1867- ) was a grocer and the second son of William Elliott (1842- ) and Jane Brooks (1841- ). William Elliott was a Boot and shoe maker living in Kenton in 1871 and 1881. Alfred was born there but moved to Dawlish and in 1901 was established at Priory Terrace, High Street with his wife and William A V Elliott who was three years old.

By 1911 they had moved to Homeleigh House, Exeter Road, Dawlish and their second son, Bertram Charles Elliott had been born (1904- ). (See further information in the Document below)

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Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Father, Alfred Elliott, Homeleigh House, Dawlish
Last Known Address: 27 Sunbury Terrace, Brixham, Devon

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