|Place of birth||Hamilton West, Newcastle, New South Wales|
|School||Hamilton State School, Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Occupation||Cooper and carpenter|
|Age at embarkation||30|
|Next of kin||Brother, Luke Elliott, 661 Hunter Street, Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Sapper|
|Unit name||1st Field Company Engineers|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||14/20/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||15th Field Company Engineers|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Assisting his Officer (Lieut Turner), who was wounded in leg. Both were killed by shell.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Polygon Wood, France|
|Age at death||33|
|Age at death from cemetery records||33|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Luke and Mary Ann ELLIOTT. Native of Newcastle, New South Wales|
War service: Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 March 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 September 1915 (debility); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 3 September 1915; transferred to light duty, 21 September 1915. Taken on strength, 15th Field Company Engineers, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916. Promoted 2nd Corporal, 23 May 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916. Promoted Corporal, 2 November 1916. On furlough to England, 10 December 1916; rejoined unit from leave, 27 December 1916. Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 3 January 1917. Detached to Divisional Infantry School, 30 January 1917; rejoined unit, 15 April 1917.
Reported missing in action, 26 September 1917.
OC, 15th Bn, stated: '114 Sgt. Elliott was killed in the action September 256th 1917 in Polygon Wood. He went forward with his officer "over the top" with the assaulting infantry. He was to assist this officer in digging and wiring two saps, one of which was completed. The situation as not clear on the right where the sap was to be dug and it is my opinion he was coming back to inform me when he was killed in the Nonne Boschen Wood, at least that was where his body was found with that of his officer, he may have been assisting his officer back who was wounded painfull [sic] before the show commenced, but the[y] died together and are buried together when [sic] they lay . . . Their bodies were not found for two days and we have no idea what happened, i.e. why they were coming back and so forth. The[y] were buried by Infantry Burying Party of 35th Bn.'Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal