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Robert Vantress ELLIOT

Regimental number2359
Place of birthMount Morgan, Queensland
SchoolState School, Infooroopilly, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFoxton Street, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Francis Elliot, Foxton Street, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets and also in the Citizen Forces as a Gunner in the Artillery. He also held a Certificate as a Stretcher Bearer.
Enlistment date7 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He was a Corporal in the Camp of Enoggera, but all his letters were addressed as a Private. We also knew he did Corporals Duties in Egypt, but part of his belongings were returned as Pte R.V. Elliot and part as Corporal C.V. Elliot. He only received Pte's pay so far as I know. He was in part of the Gallipoli Campaign, and up to the evacuation.
FateKilled in Action 6 August 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Robert Ventrees
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death21.9
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Mary Anne ELLIOT, Foxton Street, Indooroopilly, Queensland
Family/military connectionsOne of two brothers who went to the front was accidentally killed in rance on 19th November, 1917. Pte. Thomas W Wlliot No. 1894. The other brother was injured and gassed. Driver Geo. Elliot No. 5761, 1st D.A., 3rd Field Art. Brigade.

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