Private James Elliot

Private James Elliot, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He was a Regular Soldier and was killed in action in Belgium on 11th November 1914 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. On that date the Battalion were holding trenches near Gheluvelt Wood and bore the brunt of overwhelming German attacks as they tried to break through the British lines. The defences held but the Battalion was practically destroyed. At that time the Battalion was part of 1st ( Guards ) Brigade which also included 1st Coldstream Guards, 1st Black Watch, 1st Cameron Highlanders and the London Scottish. After the Battle the whole Brigade mustered ony 2 Officers and 300 unwounded Other Ranks.

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