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Memorial Cross to the family of R. Elliott 464136.

Robert Elliott was an English immigrant living in Vernon, British Columbia, when he enlisted in 1915 with the 62nd Battalion. A carpenter, Elliott was 37 when he volunteered. Like many of the later battalions, the 62nd was broken up for reinforcements when it arrived in England, and Private Elliott was transferred to the 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment) for frontline service. The battalion had had a quiet summer touring the lines at the Ypres Salient, and the attack at Thiepval was its first taste of the Somme fighting. For Private Elliott, Thiepval was his first large Great War battle. The battalion’s objectives were Sudbury and Kenora trench, which they would attack in waves behind a creeping barrage. Unfortunately, the creeping barrage was not able to suppress the rear lines and the men of the 14th were caught out in the open as they advanced, causing significant losses. As part of C Company, Elliott and his fellow soldiers took part of Kenora Trench, before they were flanked on both sides by Germans. The battalion fought for Kenora for two days before finally withdrawing on 28 September. Sometime after he went over the top Elliott went missing; his body was never found and he was listed as presumed dead in April 1917, one of 364 casualties for the battalion at Thiepval.

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