Corporal Robert Elliot

Corporal Robert Scott Elliot. 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th September 1917, aged 39, during the Third Battle of Ypres. He had been born in Jedburgh in 1878 and was the son of Margaret Scott Elliot of Woodbrae, Teviothead and the husband of Annie Elliot of Deanhead, Cavers and Mossieknowe, Teviothead, Hawick, Roxburghshire. He had originally been a member of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Prior to enlisting in November 1914 he had been a woodman on the Cavers Estate. An Officer wrote to his widow saying “He was a much valued N.C.O. liked and respected by both Officers and men. He always did his duty and had my entire confidence. He died doing his duty for King and Country”. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. The photographs show the dire state of the ground where the incessant shelling had destroyed the Flanders drainage systems and turned the battlefield into a desolate quagmire where men and guns could disappear without trace.

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