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1885 - 1916


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Pte 17820 Ferguson Elliott


  • Age: 22
  • From: London
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 11th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
Pte 17820 Ferguson ELLIOTT, 19th Battalion KLR.

Ferguson Elliott was born in Camberwell, London 1894, the third of five children born to William Elliott and his wife Elizabeth Porter (nee Moorhead) known as Lizzie, who were both born in Ireland and were married in Liverpool in 1888. Ferguson's siblings were born in Liverpool, where William worked as a compositor. In fact the 1891 Census shows that his parents, with their eldest son, William, were already living in Liverpool at 34 Edinburgh Road.
 
At teh time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 72 Edinburgh Road, Liverpool. His father, William, is a 44 year old a compositor printer, mother Lizzie P. is aged 40. They have four children in the household; William 11 b.Liverpool, John 6 11 b.Liverpool, Ferguson 5 b.Camberwell, Mary W. 2  b.Liverpoo. Also declared is William snr's brother Robert Elliott 38 b.Ireland.

His mother, Lizzie, died in the June quarter of 1909, aged 49. Her death was registered in Liverpool.

In 1911, his father, William is 53, now a widower, is living at 76 Edinburgh Road with five children - William, a 21 year old electrician, John Moorhead Elliott, a 19 year old printer; Ferguson 16, now an apprentice compositor; Mary Wardlaw Elliott, aged 12 years; and Elise born in 1902. They also have a housekeeper Hannah Crymble 28. 

On 11th September 1914, Ferguson enlisted at Liverpool, giving his age as 20 years and 9 months and his occupation as clerk, joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment. He was described as being 5' 9" tall, weight 122lbs, chest 35", with a sallow complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. He stated his religion as Church of England.

On 4th August 1915 he was posted to 22nd and on 22nd August 1915 to the 19th Battalion. Like many others who found themselves away from home for the first time yet sufficiently close to home to be aware of what they were missing, Ferguson found it difficult to settle and between April and October 1915 was disciplined on at least 5 occasions for being Absent without Leave (AWOL) or overstaying his leave.

He went to France on 07th November 1915.

On 11th July 1916 was reported missing in action at Trones Wood and later his death in action was assumed.

The murderous fighting that went on inside Trones Wood rendered it impossible to put specific dates on some of the casualties which is why many of the 17th Battalion losses have been bracketed as killed in action between 10th – 12th July 1916. The conditions are best described in the following passage from Everard Wyrall’s book The History of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) Volume II. 

The remembrance of Trones Wood in July 1916 to those who passed through it is of a noisome, horrible place, of a tangled mass of trees and undergrowth which had been tossed and flung about in frightful confusion by the shells of both sides. Of the ghastly dead which lay about in all directions, and of DEATH, lurking in every hole and corner with greedy hands ready to snatch the lives of the unwary. The place was Death trap, and although the attacks were made with great determination,   the presence of snipers who could not be detected and often fired into the backs of our men made the clearing of the wood impossible.

Ferguson was reported Misisng in the Liverpool Echo on 16th August 1916:

A MISSING PRIVATE.

Any information regarding Private Ferguson Elliott of the "Pals" who was wounded on July 11, and has since been posted as missing, would be gratefully received at his home, 5 Onslow Road, Fairfield, Liverpool.

His body was not recovered or was subsequently lost as he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

On 01st August 1932 the Prince of Wales and the President of France inaugurated the Thiepval Memorial in Picardy. The inscription reads: “Here are recorded the names of officers and men of the British Armies who fell on the Somme battlefields between July 1915 and March 1918 but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death.”

He earned all three medals, which were sent to his father who was by then living at 5 Onslow Road, Fairfield, Liverpool.

Records show that a John Moorhead Elliott, Private 270128 of 13th Battalion K.L.R., was killed in action on 26th September 1917 in Belgium. This was Ferguson’s older brother.

John's loss together with Feruson's was reported in the Liverpool Daily Post on 26th November 1917:

TWO BROTHERS KILLED

Mr William Elliott, 5 Onslow Road, Fairfield, has suffered a second loss in the death of his son Private J. M. Elliott, Lewis Gun Section, K.L.R., who was killed by a shell on September 26 last. He had been in France only about 4 or 5 months. His younger brother Private Ferguson Elliott, K.L.R., was reported wounded in July last year, since then no trace of him has been found and he is officially presumed dead.

John' body was, like Ferguson's, not recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

Those United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after August 16th 1917 are named on the Tyne Cot Memorial, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war.

The Tyne Cot Memorial now bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by Joseph Armitage and F.V. Blundstone, was unveiled by Sir Gilbert Dyett on 20 June 1927.

The memorial forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which was established around a captured German blockhouse or pill-box used as an advanced dressing station.

Soldiers Effects and Pensions for both sons to father William.

Their father died in the March quarter of 1923, aged 65.

We currently have no further information on Ferguson Elliott, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

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