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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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Pte 24927 Horace Elliott


  • Age: 23
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Monday 10th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Horace Elliott was born in the September quarter of 1892 and was one of five children born to Alonzo Elliott and his wife Louisa (nee Wise), and the elder of their two sons. Alonzo, a railway engine driver, and Louisa were originally from Leicestershire, coming to Liverpool in the 1880s. His parents married in the September quarter of 1884,the marriage was registered in Blaby, Leicestershire. Their first child Sarah lizzie died in infancy in the September quarter of 1890.

Horace was baptised at St Mary's Church, Walton on the Hill on 16th November 1892.

The 1901 Census shows the family living at 40 Anglesea Road, Walton. Horace's father Alonzo is aged 40 and a railway engine driver born in Wigston, Leicestershire, his mother Louisa is aged 42 and was also born in Wigston, Leics. They have four children in the household; Helena B. 16 born Wigston, Leics, Horace 8 born Walton, Annie 6 born Walton and Arthur aged 1 also born in Walton. 
 
The 1911 Census shows the family were still living at 40 Anglesea Road. His father, Alonzo is aged 49 and still a railway engine driver, mother Louisa is 51 years of age, b.Kilby Bridge, Leics. They  have been married for 27 years and have had 5 children, 4 of whom have survived. All four children are declared in the household; Horace 18 was a biscuit manufacturer’s clerk, Nora Annie 16 dressmakers assistant, Arthur 11 at school. . 

Horace enlisted in Liverpool joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 24927.

The 17th Battalion was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. 

On 7th November 1915 he went to France with his Battalion. 

Horace was another of the many killed at Trones Wood.

The murderous fighting that occurred 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.

He was originally posted as Missing which prompted his anxious family to place a request for information in the Bootle Times:

Information concerning the whereabouts of Pte. H. Elliott (24927) K.L.R., who has been reported missing since July 10th, is anxiously sought, and will be very gladly received by his mother and brother,who reside at 42 Olney-street,Walton. 

A further request for information was placed in the Liverpool Evening Express on 08th August 1916 and included photos of both men: 

Private Vincent Tyndall, son of Mr J. Tyndall, 62 Thirlmere Road, who has been missing since July 10th

Private H. Elliott of the Pal's, of 42 Olney Road, Walton, missing since early in July.  

The relatives of both men would be grateful to receive any information concerning them.  

He was also declared as Missing in the Liverpool Daily Post on 07th September 1916 

Missing. 

King’s Liverpool Regt. - Elliott, 24927, H. (Liverpool); 

Horace's body was not recovered or was subsequently lost as his name is featured 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.”

Soldiers Effects to father Alonzo, Pension to mother Louisa

Horace earned his three medals and is commemorated on the family headstone in Kirkdale Cemetery which carries the inscription. 

MISSING AT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME, JULY 10TH 1916, AGED 23 YEARS.

"UNTIL THE DAY BREAK, AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY" 

Horace is also commemorated on the following Memorials:

Hall of Remembrance, Liverpool Town Hall, Panel 2. 

St Luke's Church in Walton which is adjacent to Goodison Park. 

His father died in the December quarter of 1929, aged 68.

His mother died in the March quarter of 1944, aged 83.

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

Killed On This Day.

(108 Years this day)
Tuesday 18th July 1916.
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(106 Years this day)
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