Harry Elliott

Rank: 
Private
Regimental number: 
772503
Unit at enlistment: 
125th Battalion
Force: 
C.E.F.
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Volunteered
Survived the war: 
Yes
Wounded: 
Yes
Commemorated at: 
Wesley United Church, Steel Company of Canada
Birth country: 
England
Birth county: 
Leicestershire
Birth city: 
Leicester
Address at enlistment: 
20 Cayuga Street, Brantford, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
20 Cayuga Street, Brantford, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Machinist
Employer: 
Steel Co. of Canada
Religious denominations: 
Church of England
Marital status: 
Single
Age at enlistment: 
20

Letters and documents

BX May 10, 1917

Germans Ran in Vimy Ridge Battle – Pte. Henry Elliott received His “Present” as Objective Was Attained

That her son Private Harry Elliott had been admitted to the British Red Cross hospital at Netley, Southampton, England, suffering from a severe gunshot wound in his left leg was the word received yesterday by Mrs. Elliott of 20 Cayuga Street. The information came from the Canadian Red Cross Society, at London, and it further informs her that the wound was a clean one, which helped it.

A letter has also been received by Mrs. Elliott from her son himself, written a few days before the one from the Red Cross Society. He was then in the hospital. After telling her that he is getting along all right he refers to the capture of Vimy ridge as follows:

I guess you will read of the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadians. Well I was on the right of the ridge. I got my present from Fritz just as we reached our objective. Alfred Churchward got one in the shoulder too, not a bad one though. Harold was all right when I left him. There were quite a few wounded. Up to the time I got hit I was in charge of one section when we went over the top. It was a splendid advance and I am proud to have been in it. It was a grand sight to see the Germans running in all directions. I certainly think they will soon give in. We are still pounding right at him, as are the French. Dad is at present on a course at Boulogne for two or three months so he will be all right for a while. You will see by the stamp that I am in England. I never expected to see England so soon. I am in a dandy little place called Netley. It is right close to Southampton. We are having a concert in the ward tonight.

BX April 20, 1917

Twelve Brantford Men Are Reported Wounded – Canadian Casualty List Included Half Score From This City All of Whom Have Been Wounded – Gunshot in Arms and Legs Cause of Majority of Hospital Cases – First Brant Battalion Draft Hit

Private word received in this city yesterday afternoon and today added 11 new names to the already large casualty list. All were wounded on or about April 9, this being in the attack on Vimy Ridge, which resulted so gloriously for the Canadian forces.

Of all the Brantford men wounded, practically all were shot wounds in the arms or shoulders, legs or thighs. But one of the 11 was reported seriously wounded. The list of casualties follows:

Private Harry Elliott, who also went overseas with the 1st Brant Battalion, has been wounded. His mother, Mrs. Harry Elliott, 20 Cayuga Street, has had word that he was admitted to No. 24 General Hospital at Etaples suffering from a gunshot wound in his leg. This was said to be severe. He formerly worked at the Verity Plow Works.