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  • 11888 Sergeant William Henry Elliott, 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action during the Battle of Aubers, 9 May 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
Person Details
Nottingham
He was the son of Thomas and Harriet Elliott.
09 May 1915
21
872499 - CWGC Website
11888
Sergeant
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
William Henry Elliott enlisted in July 1912 and joined 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters after his initial training. The 2nd battalion were based in England at the time. On 8 September 1914 he went to France with them. At some point he was posted to the 1st Battalion. On 9 May 1915, the battalion attacked at 5.55 towards Rouges Blancs and immediately it was obvious that the British artillery had been totally inadequate. The enemy's parapets were undamaged and they held their trenches in force. Despite horrendous machine gun and artillery fire, the battalion got to within 40 yards of the enemy wire, only to find it uncut. At this point an order came to 'stop advance' and the battalion fell back to reorganize. At 7.35 am, another attempt was made but immediately the murderous machine gun and artillery fire began again. The men lay down wherever they had advanced to until 1.15 pm, when a withdrawal was ordered. It was then fairly quiet until at 7.30pm, the enemy opened up with high explosive shells, causing many casualties and also severely damaging the breastworks. At 10 pm, the battalion was relieved and ordered back to Rouge de Bout. The battalion sustained over 350 casualties of which 86 were fatalities. The lack of planning and adequate artillery shells had for the second time in two months, cost the battalion heavily. Possibly others would have died if it was not for Corporal James Upton who rescued and bandaged seriously wounded men in full view of the enemy, He was awarded the Victoria Cross. Many men including William Henry Elliott have no known grave and are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. John Morse
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  • 11888 Sergeant William Henry Elliott, 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action during the Battle of Aubers, 9 May 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    William Henry Elliott name on Memorial - 11888 Sergeant William Henry Elliott, 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action during the Battle of Aubers, 9 May 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse