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Notice in memory of Privates Joseph Horace Belcher and Ernest Haden Elliot late assistants of Wolverhampton Free Library killed in action 1917

Notice in memory of Privates Joseph Horace Belcher and Ernest Haden Elliot late assistants of Wolverhampton Free Library killed in action 1917

Ernest Haden Elliot was an assistant of Wolverhampton Free Library, who was commemorated along with his good friend Joseph Horace Belcher on the occasion of their deaths. Elliott was born on 14 June 1895 in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to parents Ernest & Selina Elliot (nee Beeston).

The family are still living in Bridgnorth on the 1901 census, at 15 Victoria Road. The 1911 census confirms his occupation as an Assistant Librarian at the age of 15, living at 31 Upper Villiers Street in Blakenhall, together with his grandparents John and Ann Elliott. By the time Elliott enlisted in the army, his parents were living at Holland House, Denton in Manchester.

Elliott fought in France, and received both the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. The notice, which is reproduced here, states that both men died on the same day, on 27 September 1917, whilst serving in the North Midland Field Ambulance section of the Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment number 2563) However, it appears from his military records that Elliot did not, in fact, die until 1 October 1917, although this was presumably of wounds sustained on 27 September.

Because of his parents’ connection with Denton in Manchester (although both were born in Wolverhampton), Elliott is commemorated on the Denton War Memorial in Victoria Park. He is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium, as well as being commemorated on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour.

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