Private William Henry Elliott

 

 

William Henry Elliott was born on 24 April 1890 at Derryhoney, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, the second of four children of farmer William Alexander Elliott and his wife Miriam (formerly Graydon). (His father had had a number of other children through a previous marriage.)

Elliott enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron in November 1914 (No. UD/167). He embarked for France with the squadron on 6 October 1915 – it was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division. In June 1916 the Inniskilling squadron joined C and F Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment.

Elliott was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Londonderry Sentinel of 12 August 1916 reported:

Trooper William Elliott, Inniskilling Dragoons (Ulster Division), was wounded on 1st July whilst assisting, under heavy shrapnel shell-fire, to carry wounded off the field to the dressing station. He is a son of Mr. Alexander Elliott, Lough Eryes, Lisbellaw, and a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Liddy, Commercial Hotel, Enniskillen.

After he recovered Elliot returned to the Inniskilling squadron's reserve at Enniskillen.

In April 1917 he was one of ten men of the squadron who transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) (No.105463) – together with around ten from the South Irish Horse. They embarked for France on 24 April.

He was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 6 March 1919.

 

Image from the Belfast Evening Telegraph of 26 August 1916 kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com).